SITUATION AT A GLANCE
180 deaths Resulting From August 4 Explosions in Beirut
GoL – Aug. 2020
6,500 people Injured by August 4 Explosions in Beirut
UN – Aug. 2020
300,000 number of People Targeted by USAID/BHA Food Assistance
USAID – Aug. 2020
171,600 number of People Affected by Damaged Shelters
UN – Aug. 2020
USAID/BHA supports Caritas, LRC, LWR, and WFP to provide food, health, shelter, and WASH assistance to populations affected by the August 4 explosions.
UNICEF reports that nearly 600,000 children are in need of PSS services due to explosions.
Approximately 1,600 buildings require WASH interventions, including reconnecting to water supply networks and installing water tanks.
Approximately 600,000 Children in Need of PSS Services Due to Explosions
The August 4 explosions in the capital city of Beirut injured approximately 1,000 children, while damaged or destroyed homes affected 100,000 children, according to the UN. In total, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that nearly 600,000 children are in need of psychosocial support (PSS) services following the August 4 explosions. In response, UNICEF has established a hotline for PSS counseling and a network of safe spaces for children, reaching nearly 1,410 children and caregivers with PSS activities as of early September. Additionally, approximately 20 humanitarian organizations reached 3,200 people—including children—with mental health and PSS services from August 4 to September 9, with efforts to expand programming ongoing, the UN reports.
Explosions Affect 81,000 Women and Girls, Generating Protection Concerns
The August 4 explosions adversely affected 81,000 women and girls ages 15 to 49 years, including 24,000 adolescent girls, resulting in additional protection needs, including for gender-based violence (GBV) response services, according to the UN. However, less than 50 percent of 55 assessed primary health care centers in Beirut offer integrated services, such as mental health and PSS services and referrals to GBV case management operations. Efforts to address increased protection concerns are ongoing; from September 2 to 9, the UN reports that humanitarian organizations reached more than 6,700 people with GBV outreach and risk mitigation activities, approximately 2,700 people with community-based child protection interventions, and nearly 480 individuals with GBV response services.
Assessment Identifies 1,600 Buildings in Need of WASH Interventions
Of 5,740 assessed buildings, relief actors had identified 1,600 buildings in need of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions—including reconnecting to the water supply system and repairing damaged water tanks—as of early September, the UN reports. In response, WASH actors had re-established access to the water supply network for nearly 7,990 people as of September 9, the UN reports. Additionally, WASH partners had distributed nearly 4,870 hygiene kits to vulnerable households affected by the explosions and UNICEF had installed 870 water tanks in damaged houses as of early September. Response organizations have also installed nearly 30 water tanks at hospitals damaged by the explosions to facilitate water access.