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Logistics Assessment - Al Qaim, Western Anbar


Logistics Cluster objective was to obtain an initial understanding of the logistics capacities in Al Qaim, following recent liberation from ISIS. These include: warehouse availability and condition, roads, bridges, fuel and power supplies, local transport.


Observation and meetings

Key findings: 

There are currently no or limited local logistics capacities in Al Qaim. Although there are usable solid structure warehouses present, it is difficult to identify owners for arranging a contract. It could be possible to erect Mobile Storage Units (MSUs) for the short term in vacant space identified by the Mayor with an associated cost.
Roads and bridges coming into and within the city are in serviceable condition.
Power supply lines are cut and towers ruined for a long distance (some 50km), with few generators available for local power generation.
There is no available fuel, the general local market, including transporters, is non-existent though this could improve in the coming weeks/ months as demand increases with the returning population.
Water supply is from the river, at about 500m from the city, and currently being used untreated (including the hospital).
Access to the area is possible through regular Access letter and JCMC approval. The border crossing to Syria and a previous strong market are closed for the foreseeable future.
Medical services resulted totally disabled for both Al Qaim and Obeidi hospitals; Al Qaim hospital is currently being repaired by Aspen.
At the time of the assessment, only a handful of civilians and a large military presence were observed in the mostly deserted and non-functional city. The information gathered was availed by the Mayor of Al Qaim due to limited other sources of information on the ground.

Assessment Report: 
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Assessment Questionnaire: 
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Assessment Data: 
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Assessment Date(s): 
20 Nov 2017 to 22 Nov 2017
Report completed
Collection Method(s): 
Unstructured Interview
Key Informant Interview
Population Type(s): 
All affected population
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
World Food Programme
Participating Organization(s): 
United Nations Mine Action Service
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
World Health Organization
Al Qa'im
Civil-Military Coordination
Contingency Planning
Field coordination
Inter-Cluster Coordination
Safety & Security