The United Nations Population Fund has seen an increase in children and early marriages in northwestern Syria in recent months.
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- Prices remain at record highs across Syria
- Goods and services are becoming scarce
- Due to bad conditions many families got their daughters married at a very young age.
The UN’s Acting Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Ramesh Rajasingham, has informed the Security Council of the dire economic situation in Syria, water shortages and the worsening of the COVID pandemic. He told the council at a briefing on Wednesday that daily life in Syria was becoming increasingly difficult. He said prices remained at record highs across Syria and goods and services were becoming increasingly scarce. The United Nations Population Fund has seen an increase in children and early marriages in northwestern Syria in recent months. He said that due to bad conditions many families have got their daughters married at a very young age. In May, a nationwide survey found that an increasing percentage of the population are facing challenges in accessing basic health services.
Rajasingham said that Syria is facing a serious water shortage, especially in the Northeast. The water scarcity situation is worst in the Euphrates Basin. He said that the Tishreen and Tabka dams will stop generating electricity if the water level drops, with far-reaching implications. Around 55 lakh people may face shortage of drinking water. 3 million people, hospitals and other critical infrastructure, could lose access to electricity. The potential long-term consequences are dire, he urged all concerned to find a solution.
Meanwhile, the higher the COVID 19 transmission rate, the more likely the actual spread is higher than the official record. He said that the already weak health system has collapsed. Shortages of material and trained personnel continue to be reported. Vaccination is underway throughout Syria. So far, more than 97,000 people have received their first dose in government-controlled areas and the Northeast. But the first Covax delivery is enough for only about 0.5 percent of Syrians. He warned that the distribution would cover only 20 percent of the entire population.
First Published : 24 Jun 2021, 04:18:40 PM