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Lebanon: Humanitarian response update

03 Sep 2020

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Credit: OCHA/Farid Assaf

As the response in Lebanon moves into its second month after the explosions at the Beirut Port, response activities are keeping pace with evolving needs.

Following the immediate distribution of more than 7,300 weather-proofing kits, the shelter response is moving into cash for shelter, as well as to medium-term repairs and longer-term rehabilitation projects.

A range of medical services, including nearly 2,800 consultations and at least 1,100 wound-care sessions, was provided to at least 7,689 patients. Three emergency medical teams initially deployed for the explosions have now been paired with six government hospitals to increase the capacity for COVID-19 case management, and infection prevention and control.

More than 12,300 COVID-19 cases have been diagnosed in Lebanon since the Beirut Port explosions, compared with roughly 4,100 prior to the blasts.

Since the beginning of the response, 34 tons of personal protective equipment (PPE) have been delivered to 27 hospitals; 6.3 million pieces of PPE and COVID-19 supplies have been distributed to five border-crossing points; and 1.4 million pieces of PPE and COVID-19 supplies have been donated to the Ministry of Public Health.

The 12,500 metric tons of wheat, which is being offloaded at the Beirut Port in response to the loss of the 15,000 metric tons stocks stored at the silos at the time of the explosions, will be distributed to millers across Lebanon to support food security far beyond the immediately affected area.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has established temporary augmented storage capacity through 12 mobile storage units set up at the Beirut Port for humanitarian goods and cargo, including packed food and non-food items.

To date, the UN-coordinated response to the explosions that is seeking US$344.5 million to address immediate life-saving needs for three months is less than 17 per cent funded.