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Lebanon: Humanitarian update following port explosions

18 Aug 2020

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Credit: UNIFIL/Pasqual Gorriz

Two weeks since the explosions in Beirut, the UN and humanitarian partners continue to provide emergency assistance to those most in need in Lebanon.

A World Food Programme (WFP) partner organization [SHEILD] distributed 400 food parcels to affected families in two of the most heavily affected neighbourhoods, Quarantina and Bourj Hammoud. An additional 84 food parcels were dispatched to the Lebanese Food Bank to run two kitchens for a week.

World Central Kitchen has delivered more than 70,000 hot meals to more than 50 locations in the past 12 days, paying nine affected restaurants to supply 5,500 meals per day.

UN Population Fund (UNFPA)-supported mobile medical units have provided first-aid services to 74 women affected by the explosions and distributed 1,975 dignity kits to home consultations for pregnant women.

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is providing cash-for-work assistance helping 200 food-insecure people in Beirut. Work includes cleaning and minor maintenance of public areas affected by the explosions.

Protection partners are responding to the immediate needs of vulnerable men, women, girls and boys, assisting more than 40,000 people. They are also facilitating referrals for specialized services such as mental health and psychosocial support. So far, 350 psychosocial sessions have been conducted for adults and children.