The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced that some 1.26 million internally displaced people (IDPs) throughout Iraq need shelter and basic supplies.
Of that number, an estimated 600,000 people need immediate help to deal with the winter, particularly in the north, UN Secretary General Spokesman Stephane Dujarric quoted an OCHA statement as saying.
UN agencies and their partners urgently required approximately USD 172 million to help the most vulnerable IDPs, to get shelter, food and core relief items and health services, he said.
Dujarric said the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) had earlier announced that through funding from Saudi Arabia and in partnership with non-governmental organizations, the distribution of 3,000 metric tonnes of wheat seeds and 3,000 metric tonnes of fertilizers in conflict-affected areas of Iraq next week.
This will benefit more than 15,500 farming families in Nineveh, Irbil and Dohuk Governorates in Iraq, he said.