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Lebanon: UN and partners continue to assess priority humanitarian needs

26 Aug 2020

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The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) conducts assessments in Beirut, Lebanon, 14 August 2020. Credit: OCHA/Farid Assaf

Priority needs in the aftermath of the Beirut Port explosions include access to health care and food; rehabilitation of shelter; cash-assistance; and livelihood support.

According to the UN Development Programme (UNDP), 200,000 housing units were affected by the explosions, with an estimated 40,000 buildings damaged – of which 3,000 were severely damaged. The loss of homes often results in overcrowded households and communities, thus raising other risks, including increasing the risk of COVID-19 transmission and sexual and gender-based violence.

Some 178 private and public schools are damaged. UNESCO continues to work with partners engaged in the rehabilitation of schools.

The UN and its humanitarian partners continue to provide assistance to those most in need. From 19 to 21 August, more than 60,000 hot meals and food kits and 8,500 gallons of water were provided, as well as 16,500 hygiene/dignity kits for women and girls, and 4,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women were reached with nutrition.

Since the explosions, 4,163 households have been reached with shelter assistance.

Lebanon has also seen an increase in COVID-19 transmissions since the explosions, further straining its health systems. Yesterday, 532 new COVID-19 cases were reported, bringing the total to 13,687 cases, including 138 deaths.