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Syrian Arab Republic: Wadi Barada Flash Update No. 1, 14 January 2017


- Since 22 December, an estimated 5.5 million people in Damascus and surrounding areas have been cut off from their main source of water supply, the Ein Elfijeh and Barada springs, after those were damaged.

- Following an agreement of 13 January, government and SARC technical teams entered the Wadi Barada area the same day to carry out a damage assessment of the water sources and infrastructure at the Ein Elfijeh spring site with a view to repairing the facility as soon as possible.

- At least 715,000 people living in elevated areas in rural Damascus have not been reached with regular water supply for the last three weeks, while an emergency rotation system for water supply was put in place for other residents of Damascus city living in lower lying areas. x According to SARC, at least 15,000 people have been displaced from Wadi Barada to neighboring villages since the beginning of the fighting.

- The UN calls on all parties to ensure unrestricted and sustained access in order to restore the provision of water which is essential for the survival and well-being of the civilian population.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
14 Jan 2017
Document type: 
Situation Report
Inter-Cluster Coordination