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UN to Slash Food Rations to Syrians by 40 Percent

A Syrian woman cooks in front of her tent after she and her family fled from Raqqa in Syria, in Wazzani village in south Lebanon Aug. 30, 2014.

A top United Nations humanitarian official says he will have to slash food rations to Syrian refugees 40 percent next month because of a lack of funds.

John Ging of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, tells Reuters news agency that this is devastating news for the four million Syrians who depend on aid.

Ging said the cut will mean more Syrians will go hungry this winter and will also lack other vital goods including water, clothing, shelter material, and sanitation supplies.

A World Food Program official told a meeting in Geneva Wednesday that by November, a food package for needy Syrians could be reduced to just 825 calories a day - less than half the daily recommended amount.