Syria update : 400 residents wait in Madaya for urgent evacuation
Madaya : According to UN humanitarian Chief Stephen O’Brien, there are around 400 residents in the Syrian town of Madaya who are waiting tirelessly for an urgent evacuation as the are in dire need of medical assistance and delays could mount into fatality.
The Chief briefed the UN Security Council on the crisis in the rebel-held town near Damascus, and reported that these 400 people need immediate attention, help and rescue from the town of Madaya, and need to be airlifted out of the Syria region, to be moved into attentive medical rehab. He warned that if steps would not be taken soon, and if help could not be extended pronto, these 400 persons could die for want of medical aids, as their condition is terrible.
Earlier, an aid convoy brought food to 40,000 town residents who have been under government siege for six months. Food and basic shelter aids have been reaching to there residents, yet, some criticalities are staying unattended. The UN clarified that it had been receiving credible reports of people dying of starvation.
The situation in Foah and Kefraya is also said to be extremely dire, with an estimated 20,000 people trapped there since March. Aid trucks are reaching the regions, but do find it difficult to cut across road blocks, resulting in loss of lives while waiting for relief.