UNHCR’s third convoy brings aid to Luhansk

KYIV, Ukraine, 28 April 2017 (UNHCR). Yesterday, on 27 April, the UN Refugee Agency has sent its third humanitarian convoy this year to the city of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine. The convoy of 23 trucks brought shelter materials, clothes, and orthopedic aids for residents of the non-government controlled areas of Luhansk region.

 Photo: UNHCR/D.Volkova

The convoy, organized by the UNHCR with support of the Logistic Cluster led by the World Food Programme, delivered nearly 500 tons of humanitarian aid. The truck carried construction supplies, including 20,000 roofing sheets to continue UNHCR shelter programme in the area. Clothes will be distributed to around 5,000 people in need. Additionally, the convoy brought crutches for the most vulnerable people.

Since the beginning of this year, UNHCR has sent 70 trucks to the city of Luhansk, carrying nearly 1,500 metric tons of aid. The next UNHCR convoy, which will also bring construction materials, is scheduled for early May.

In 2016, UNHCR has repaired homes for 1,200 families in non-government controlled areas near Luhansk. This year the UNHCR team in Luhansk, working with a local construction company and volunteers, and in coordination with local village administrators, plans to complete the rehabilitation of another 2,000 damaged houses.