Syria short of relief supplies

A lack of relief supplies is causing serious problems in quake-stricken Syria. The civil war there appears to be hindering their delivery.

A magnitude 7.8 quake on February 6 and ensuing powerful tremors left more than 50,000 people dead in Turkey and Syria.

In Jandaris, a town in northwestern Syria, many people have been forced to take shelter in tents.

A 24-year-old man who lives in a tent with his pregnant wife and two children complained that he had no money to buy medicine. He said his family is in need of a heater, clothes and diapers.

Members of a local aid group, Bahar, said the amount of relief supplies they have received is only 30 percent of what they need. The group delivers medical and other supplies to people affected by the quakes.

A local journalist pointed to conflicts between the administration of President Bashar al-Assad and anti-government forces, which control northwestern Syria, as one of the factors that is delaying the transportation of relief supplies.

A Bahar member said it is necessary for everyone to cooperate in order to overcome the crisis.