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UN continues to deliver earthquake relief to Syria and Turkey

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According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the UN continues to offer quake-related help to Syria and Turkey (OCHA).

Since the February 6 earthquakes, 787 vehicles carrying aid from seven UN organisations had crossed into northwest Syria, according to OCHA.

Humanitarian organisations supplied aid to more than 310,000 individuals in February and more than 140,000 people so far in March in areas under government control, especially in the most impacted governorates of Aleppo, Hama, and Lattakia, according to the report.

More than 2,500 schools in Aleppo, Lattakia, Tartous, Hama, Homs, and Idlib have been damaged, according to the Syrian Ministry of Education. More than 1,800 schools have reopened, while 129 are still being used as shelters, according to the Xinhua news agency.

In Turkey, the UN and humanitarian partners are still mobilising emergency teams and aid operations to assist the Turkish government’s response to the earthquakes. According to the office, OCHA and its partners have delivered over 46,000 tents and over 5.7 million food packages, as well as hot meals and hundreds of thousands of relief supplies such as mattresses, bedding, tarpaulins, and hygiene kits.

According to the World Health Organization, 14 emergency medical teams are being coordinated on the ground.

According to the International Organization for Migration, the earthquakes displaced almost 2.7 million people in Turkey. Millions of people in the country have lost their homes and jobs. They require life-saving assistance to meet their basic needs, according to OCHA.

Shelter, food, water, sanitation, hygiene, health, nutrition, and psychosocial assistance are among the top priorities, according to the report.

The humanitarian response requires immediate funding. As of Tuesday, less than 14% of the $1 billion flash appeal for Turkey has been paid.