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UN and partners continue with efforts to support Lebanon

21 Aug 2020


Members of the Polish NGO, Polish Center for International Aid, help to fix windows affected by the Beirut explosions. Credit: OCHA

The United Nations and its partners continue to provide support to people affected by the devastating Beirut Port explosions.

The disbursement of the  first World Food Programme (WFP) shipment of wheat flour began on 21 August. The 12,500 metric tons of wheat flour will help to stabilize national bread prices and supplies.

WFP has distributed 729 family food parcels, reaching over 3,600 people. Another 200 parcels are supporting kitchens providing up to 3,000 meals per day in five Beirut neighbourhoods.

The World Health Organization distributed 25 tons of personal protective equipment  to 25 hospitals receiving trauma cases and COVID-19 cases in Beirut and its environs.

UN Women and their partners are maintaining a dedicated safe phoneline for women and girls at risk of, or experiencing, gender-based violence. The organizations are providing psychosocial support to affected families.

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and partners have assisted about 9,000 people with shelter kits in four neighborhoods - Geitawi, Mar Mikhael, Gemmayzeh and Quarantina. More than 2,500 UNHCR shelter kits have been distributed. 

The UN’s Children’s Fund, UNICEF, and partners are engaging more than 1,170 youths, including Palestinian volunteers, in cleaning and minor rehabilitation of households.

According to the OCHA-managed Financial Tracking Service (FTS), as of 21 August, the US$565 million appeal for Lebanon is 8 per cent funded with a total of $43 million received. This amount is likely to increase as Member States report their contributions to FTS..