Aid workers scaling up efforts to help thousands of Iraqi displaced

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August 2014, Dahuk, Iraq: These people escaped Sinjar Mountain, making their way the Iraq’s Kurdish region where authorities and aid groups are scaling-up their response efforts. Credit: UNICEF/Wathiq Khuzaie

Aid workers are scaling up efforts to address the needs of thousands of displaced people in the Dahuk Governorate in Iraq, according to United Nations agencies in the area.

Dahuk is in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan, which is hosting people fleeing the advances of the jihadist militants, known as ISIS.

Hundreds of thousands are in desperate need of shelter, food, water and medical care, says OCHA, the UN humanitarian agency.

The region, which was already hosting 220,000 Syrian refugees before this latest influx, is severely over-stretched, the agency adds.

Stéphane Dujarric, the UN Spokesperson has more.

"The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian and its partners are scaling up their efforts to address the needs of thousands of displaced people in Dahuk Governorate. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is coordinating with the Kurdistan Regional Government to provide shelter in camps for a minimum of 60,000 people. The World Food Programme (WFP) and its local partner have doubled the number of field kitchens they now operate across Dahuk. So far, WPF has provided 2.5 million meals."

Meanwhile, the humanitarian situation in Amirli town, where the Turkoman ethnic minority lives, is deteriorating, Mr Dujarric warns.

Sources inside the area have reported severe food shortages, and the lack of fuel and power has impacted the availability of water.

The UN has been seeking a way to get food to the area but insecurity is affecting access to assess the situation and deliver aid.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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