Pressure on accommodation still "acute" for displaced people in Iraq: UNHCR

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A group of internally displaced Iraqi girls queue for food at a community kitchen in a village in Iraqi Kurdistan’s Dohuk governorate.© UNHCR/B.Szandelszky

Pressure on accommodation is still acute for almost half a million people who have been displaced by attacks by Islamic militants in northern Iraq, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

The agency points out that a major operation to help the displaced people has entered a new phase as winter approaches.

UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards says relief aid has been coming in by plane, ship and road.

"Over the next ten days a further ten flights will be arriving in Erbil. Despite this work, however, pressure on accommodation is still acute. Many schools are still being used to house the displaced. In addition, there is urgent need to reinforce tents and other housing in preparation for the coming winter." (17")

Adrian Edwards said the new airlift, supported by the people and government of Norway, will bring close to 40,000 blankets, 10, 000 kitchen sets and almost 18,000 plastic sheets.

He added that already, since mid-June, UNHCR and its partners have provided  tens of thousands of essential items for some of the estimated 850,000 people who have fled into Iraq's northern Kurdistan region.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1’22″

 

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