- In Aleppo city, shortage of water supply is affecting at least 2 million people in the east and western parts. Reduction in the level of dams compounded with control of water supply by armed opposition groups is contributing to the current water crisis.
- Due to the exceptionally dry winter and summer in 2013-2014, Lebanon is facing challenges in ensuring access to safe water to Lebanese and hosted Syrian refugees. The shortage of surface water has also reduced the production of electricity from dams, leading to a scarcity of electric power. In response, UNICEF has purchased and installed 30 generators to benefit more than 400,000 Lebanese and more than 100,000 hosted Syrians.
- As seasonal cold winds, freezing rain, and frigid temperatures close in on conflict-torn parts of the Middle East, UNICEF and partners have begun the distribution of warm clothes and other winter items to ensure that one million of the most vulnerable children are kept warm and healthy.
- In Iraq, UNICEF is distributing 223,000 winter kits in Kurdish areas hosting some 500,000 children displaced by fighting over recent months. Currently, plans are underway on how best to address the influx of newly arrived Syrian children seeking shelter in camps, school building and rural hamlets. With the current funding shortage, more than 200,000 children are expected to go without warm clothes this winter. Together, the conflicts in Syria and Iraq are affecting the lives of over 7 million children. That compares to 5.6 million children one year ago.
- In Jordan, preparations for supporting 72,000 children ages 0-16 years with winter clothes through cash and in-kind support are ongoing.
- In Turkey, 22,200 sets of thermal underwear were distributed to children living in the temporary shelters and in the host communities as part of the winter response