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UN agency reaches record number of Syrians with food but many remain

“WFP is concerned about the fate of many Syrians trapped in conflict areas and still in need of urgent food assistance,” spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs told journalists in Geneva. “Some 3.3 million has reached in October, but the overall target for WFP for the entire Syria was to reach four million people by the end of December 2013,” the spokesperson added.Damascus and Rural Damascus remain one of WFP’s biggest challenges due to insecurity and the siege in many conflict areas, said Mr. Byrnes. People are still trapped in Moadamiyeh, she noted, but the UN agency has not been able to enter the area. “WFP and UN partners had made nine unsuccessful attempts to reach Moadamiyeh and could not confirm what exactly was happening in that area,” the spokesperson said.Since mid-2012, WFP had been unable to access 37 other locations, such as Daraya, Yarmouk, Hajar Aswad, Yalda, Babila, Sbineh, Douma, Jobar, Qaboon, Zamalka and Erbeen. These are some of the most deprived areas where “even the most basic items were in scarce supply”, the spokesperson noted. More than a dozen trucks with supplies are en route to the capital Aleppo, carrying enough food for 75,000 people as part of the Governorate’s October allocation. Despite the allocations, the city is one of the Governorates where food distribution has become difficult in recent months. More children are being admitted to hospitals with acute and moderate malnutrition, the UN Children’s Fund said, also addressing the press. “The most difficult challenge in helping those children was access,” said UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado.The community is also grabbling with a lack of skilled professionals to deal with malnutrition. read more

UK weather Warnings issued as Britain braces for heavy rain and high

In a statement posted on Twitter at 11pm on Tuesday, the festival said “we sincerely regret the disappointment to fans, and apologise for any disruption caused to local businesses”.It added: “The safety of you, the fans and attendees, as well as performers and crew comes first.” Ms Kent added: “The first band of rain could bring 30mm of rain in places, and if you draw the short straw, then you could get another 30mm with the showers that follow.”Some places might get as much as 60mm of rain.”A yellow weather warning for wind across all of Wales and central and southern England follows on Saturday.Although Scotland and northern England escapes the wind warning, a yellow guidance is in place for thunderstorms. Yellow weather warnings for rain and wind come in to force across large swathes of the UK on Friday and SaturdayCredit:PA A yellow “be aware” weather warning is in place across all of Wales and Northern Ireland, and most of England and Scotland, as some places could receive more than two inches of rain.Lee Schofield, who runs the website Highland & Islands Weather, filmed the River Dulnain overflowing after the water rose more than five foot in a day.  Britain is braced for heavy rain and high winds as the weekend will “feel more like autumn than August”, according to the Met Office.After some wet weather on Wednesday, yellow weather warnings for rain and wind come in to force across large swathes of the UK on Friday and Saturday.Heavy rain on Friday will give way to gale-force winds and “unseasonable” weather as the weekend continues.Met Office meteorologist, Sarah Kent, said: “On Wednesday night, there is still some thunder over Scotland, but throughout the night, any heavy showers should be dropping away for most.”Scotland saw some heavy rain on Wednesday, and one man was filmed attempting to cycle through a deluge near Edinburgh Airport. And an incredible timelapse of the torrential rain rolling in was captured by Mike McGrail from his studio.  Heavy rain will then develop throughout Thursday night into Friday, and will be followed by more heavy showers. Ms Kent said “it will be unseasonably windy”, with gusts in the warning area reaching 40 or 50mph.In more exposed areas, the winds could be even higher.Ms Kent added: “The English Channel coast could see winds in excess of 60mph.”Saturday is going to be a very unseasonal day, it could feel more like autumn than August.”Due to the forecast, people travelling over the weekend are being warned to expect delays and disruption to their journeys.Boardmasters music festival in Newquay, Cornwall, was cancelled at the 11th hour in anticipation of the bad weather.While performances at the event, which included slots from stars such as Wu-Tang Clan, Florence + The Machine and Foals, were not due to begin until Friday, doors were set to open to visitors on Wednesday. Yellow weather warnings for rain and wind come in to force across large swathes of the UK on Friday and Saturday Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more