Lowest rainfall in over 50 years in Syria will worsen the country’s already fragile food security situation, and it will place more than 4 million children in the war-torn country at even greater risk, two UN reports by World Food Programme (WFP), respectively, UNICEF have warned.
UNICEF has launched an alert stating millions of Syrian children are facing an increased risk of disease because the already severe water and sanitation conditions are made worse by acute water scarcity and looming drought in Syria and the other countries in the region. The UNICEF report comes just after WFP warned in its own report released in early April „the ongoing conflict is making it almost impossible for Syrians to get access to food and now a looming drought threatens to put the lives of millions more at risk.”
As the conflict in Syria already entered its fourth year, the situation in the country, and the impact on the population become even more damaging. The two reports highlight the deterioration of access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as a poor crop development that will have a huge impact on the next cereal harvest, while wheat production is already at an all-time low.
The impending drought in the region is further exacerbating the situation in Syria placing the country on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe, as violence, massive population displacement and destruction of infrastructure and basic services continue.
The crisis in Syria seems far to be over while Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has won another seven-year term after secured 88.7% of votes polled in the recent election despite European Union and the US denouncing the vote. More than 150,000 people, mostly civilians, are estimated to have been killed in Syria since March 2011 when the bloody uprising against President al-Assad broke out. No less than 8 million people have been displaced by the conflict that continues to devastate the country.