WFP provides cash assistance to 50,000 people affected by the devastating Beirut blast
08 October 2020
- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Lebanon is stepping up its response to the explosion that ripped through the capital in August by providing cash assistance for up to 50,000 people (10,000 families).
- The initiative aims to help affected households to meet basic needs such as food and healthcare.
As of mid-September, vulnerable families started to receive a monthly transfer of 1,680,000 LBP under an operation that is expected to last for six months. People most in need were identified based on assessments conducted by WFP and its partners in affected neighbourhoods. WFP will continue to accept applications for assistance through a self-registration website launched earlier in September. WFP’s is carrying out this assistance in close collaboration with the Lebanese Red Cross and with operational support from the Lebanese non-governmental organization SHEILD.
“The blast came as Lebanon was dealing with two other severe shocks: the ongoing economic crisis and the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown measures. Families have been struggling to meet their basic needs even prior to the explosion,” said WFP Representative and Country Director in Lebanon Abdallah Alwardat. “WFP has been on the ground since the days following the blast assisting those most in need. This assistance comes as a continuation of our response after bringing in wheat flour and providing food parcels and hot meals to vulnerable individuals and families.”
(To read the text in its entirety, please download the PDF below)