UN: 2 million Syrians in need of access to safe water amid summer heat

DARAMSUQ — The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced that 2 million people in Syria urgently need access to safe water this summer.

OCHA emphasized the necessity of a sustainable solution, as the population is suffering from a long-term crisis compounded by potential deadly heat waves related to the climate crisis. While the Syria Humanitarian Fund is financing the delivery of water by truck to displaced camps in northern Syria, this measure is not sufficient for long-term needs.

The statement explained that OCHA is working to expand coordinated proactive action, dissemination, and funding to address disasters associated with extreme weather, particularly in fragile and conflict-affected countries.

Many regions in Syria are experiencing continuous interruptions in drinking water supplies, severely affecting residents’ lives amid high temperatures.