Press Releases

    IHA/1224
    22 August 2006

    Humanitarian Factsheet for Lebanon

    NEW YORK, 21 August (UN Headquarters) -- The following has been prepared by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):

    -- 1,183 dead and 4,054 wounded (according to Lebanon's Higher Relief Council (HRC)).

    -- Approximately 140,000 returnees from Syria (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Governor of Homs (Syria)).

    Humanitarian Activities

    Three Humanitarian Convoys Dispatched Today:

    -- Beirut to Masnaa -- Six United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and 10 UNHCR trucks.

    -- Beirut to Beiteddine -- Two World Food Programme (WFP) trucks.

    -- Beirut to Majdil Silim -- Seven WFP trucks.

    -- Total convoys to date:  52 humanitarian convoys have been dispatched since 26 July 2006 (WFP).

    Tyre Humanitarian Hub:

    -- Clean drinking water is priority concern -- 42 out of 70 villages have no water supply.  Most villages' water tanks and pipe networks have been destroyed or damaged.  No villages have electrical power to operate water pumps.

    -- Also, immediate need for mattresses, blankets, kitchen sets, jerry cans, hygiene kits, soap, lanterns and baby formula in the heaviest damaged areas.

    -- Municipal authorities have requested construction materials, indicating that one-room units to be built by the community with support from humanitarian agencies.

    Saida (Sidon) Humanitarian Hub:

    -- Entire region (except Marjayoun) heavily contaminated by unexploded ordnance; demining will take up to six months in the region of Nabatiye alone.

    -- Needs include bottled water for 200,000, as well as water storage tanks; supplementary food rations for 150,000; and household items and tents for 20,000.

    -- Electricity still being rationed, which is affecting water supply -- situation unlikely to improve in short-term.

    -- 460,000 people fed by WFP to date (2,621 metric tons of food), including 335,000 people in Lebanon and 125,000 Lebanese returnees from Syria.

    -- UNICEF provided essential drugs for 70,000 people and carried out a vaccination campaign against measles for 13,000 children and against polio for 9,000.

    -- UNICEF also delivered water for 135,000 (35,000 in Beirut, Aley, Metn and Chouf and 100,000 in Rmeish, Hasbayya and Tyre), as well as water kits for 80,000 throughout the country.

    -- United Nations has facilitated entry of 135,000 metric tons of fuel for the Government and aid agencies into Lebanon between 2 and 17 August.

    -- United Nations agencies have worked with the Government on a public awareness campaign on the dangers posed by unexploded ordnance -- TV and radio spots aired; 100,000 leaflets and 10,000 posters distributed.

    Lebanon Flash Appeal

    -- To date, just under $88.9 million committed to the $165 million Flash Appeal for Lebanon -- 54 per cent of requirements.  Additional $6.4 million in pledges.

    For further information, please call:  Stephanie Bunker, OCHA-New York, +1 917 367 5126, mobile +1 917 892 1679; Kristen Knutson, OCHA-New York, +1 917 367 9262; Elisabeth Byrs, OCHA-Geneva, +41 22 917 2653, mobile, +41 79 473 4570.  OCHA press releases are available at http://ochaonline.un.org  or www.reliefweb.int .

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