17 January 2019 – The impact of the latest storms across Lebanon have left many vulnerable children in need of protection and warmth, especially refugee children.
UNICEF and partners, in close coordination with local Lebanese authorities, UNHCR and other UN agencies, immediately responded to meet the needs of affected children and their families.
UNICEF’s assistance included the distribution of cash assistance, water and sanitation services such as water pumping and drainage, distribution of more than 7,000 blankets and 5,500 winter clothes for children, as well as 1,500 hygiene kits for families and women.
Strong winds, snow and torrential rains battered more than 570 sites all over the country, including floods in more than 11 informal settlements. More than 11,300 people, over half of them children, have been affected by the storm.
The situation of displaced children and their families is most dire due to their precarious conditions even before the severe weather struck. In the Bekaa valley alone, at least 847 Syrian refugees had to be relocated due to floods or severe damage to their shelters. In the north, over 700 relocations have been reported thus far.
“Children’s suffering in affected areas have increased ,” said Violet Speek-Warnery, UNICEF Deputy Representative to Lebanon. “In the past 10 days, UNICEF was able to reach more than 6,000 refugee children in urgent need of assistance. Our teams are working with partners around the clock to reach children in need with much needed support, and to keep them warm.”
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UNICEF, with partners on the ground, continue to respond to the increasing needs of children and their families. To date, UNICEF was able to pump and drain excess water from more than 60 affected sites and distribute life-saving supplies in the Bekaa, North Lebanon, Beirut, Mount Lebanon and affected areas in the South of Lebanon. UNICEF’s partners on the ground are also monitoring health, nutrition and sanitation needs to prevent an outbreak of diseases.
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