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    UN Appeals for $861Mln in Humanitarian Aid for Iraqi 'Vulnerable People'

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    The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has pleaded for $861 million to fund its 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan for Iraq.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Last June, Daesh terrorist group took hold of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, and also managed to seize the largest dam in Iraq, which is now at risk of collapsing and causing a major humanitarian catastrophe.

    "Recognizing the enormous security, access, capacity and funding constraints they are facing, partners are requesting $861 million in the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan to help ensure that the most vulnerable people receive the assistance they need," the office said in its latest Sunday report.

    With a total population of some 36 million, around 10 million are in need of humanitarian assistance, of which 7.3 are set to be targeted by the UN OCHA's response plan, according to the report.

    On Sunday, reports said that Iraq's Finance Ministry announced a $1.56 million fiscal shortfall in its humanitarian funds targeted at the crisis causing by the war.

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