UN warning .. One month separates Lebanon from thirst

As a result of the ongoing economic collapse in Lebanon and its aftermath Power failure Because of fuel shortages, the United Nations Children’s Fund warned on Friday that the public water supply network in Lebanon would collapse within a month.

“More than 4 million people, including 1 million refugees, are at risk of losing access to safe drinking water in Lebanon,” it said in an explanation.

Multiple reasons

For her part, the organization’s representative in Lebanon, Yuki Muku, said that “the water sector in Lebanon is being destroyed and destroyed due to the current economic crisis,” according to AFP.

The organization also gave several reasons, including die Inability, die Maintenance costs in Dollars to pay, the collapse of the power grid and “the risk of rising fuel costs”.

200% per month

“Lack of access to the public water system can force families to make very difficult decisions about their basic water, sanitation and hygiene needs,” warned Muko.

In the event of a breakdown in the public supply network, estimates die Organization that die Household water access costs would increase by 200% per month as they went up private Companies would have to resort to buying water.

UN warning .. One month separates Lebanon from thirst

Syrian refugees in northern Lebanon (Reuters archive)

Unprecedented economic collapse

It is reported that Lebanon has faced it since the summer of 2019 An unprecedented economic collapse According to the World Bank, it is one of the worst in the world since the mid-19th century. More than die Half of the population has die Below poverty line, while the Lebanese pound has lost more than 90% of its value against the dollar.

The country is also experiencing a shortage of fuel to run electricity generating plants and diesel to run private generators, since die Dollar reserves at the Banque du Liban have been used up and die Opening of import credits is delayed.

The closure of a petrol station in Lebanon due to a lack of petrol (Reuters archives)

The closure of a petrol station in Lebanon due to a lack of petrol (Reuters archives)

Increase in rationing hours

In the last few months die Electricité du Liban’s ability to provide food gradually decreased, which resulted in die Rationing hours in some areas have increased to over 22 hours per day. Due to the lack of fuel you can private Generators provide the fuel for die No longer providing hours of power outages, which in turn forced them to ration.

to that face The health sector is an increasing burden. Pharmacies and drug importers have been warning of a decline in their stocks of hundreds of essential drugs for weeks. On Thursday, hospitals warned that some of them could run out of the heating oil needed to run the generators “within hours”, which would “endanger the lives of patients”.

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