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WFP operational update: Lebanon

The UN Country Team in Lebanon is finalising an operational plan outlining humanitarian needs and priorities based on information to date.

Summary

The UN Country Team in Lebanon is finalising an operational plan outlining humanitarian needs and priorities based on information to date.

It is expected the plan will be finalised by 2 August. However, the UN team fears that an impending fuel shortage may hamper operational efficiency until such time as re-supply can be organised.

Prices sky high

Prices for basic goods are skyrocketing and there is an increasing lack of essential goods, with needs particularly acute in villages along the Israeli-Lebanese border.

Hospitals in the south are reporting shortages of electricity due to lack of fuel and generators.

Aid convoys

Two UN aid convoys from Beirut, coordinated by WFP, reached Tyre and Qana this afternoon.

The five truck convoy for Qana carried wheat flour, canned food and vegetable oil, while the eight truck convoy for Tyre carried UNWRA supplies for Palestinian refugee camps in the area.

The usual 80 minute drive from Beirut to Tyre now takes on average seven-to-nine hours due to the difficult road conditions.

Trips to north and south

The UN is planning four more convoys tomorrow including a nine truck convoy to the north (to assist displaced people) with UNICEF and UNHCR supplies.

Three convoys are planned to the south including a four truck convoy with WFP and UNICEF supplies for Naquora.

An eight truck convoy is schedules to the border village of Rmaish with WFP, UNICEF, HRC and Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) supplies and a six truck convoy to Tibbin with supplies from WFP, UNICEF and UNDP.

A UNHCR convoy which stopped overnight in Tripoli en route from the Al Aarida border crossing point arrived in Beirut today.

Convoy from Syria cancelled

Today's convoy from Syria, carrying mainly tents, was cancelled but is expected to proceed tomorrow.

UNHCR now has clearance to bring in 140 mt daily on the Al Aarida route.

Casualties and displacement

As of 29 July, the Government of Lebanon's (GoL) Higher Relief Council (HRC) reported that 620 people had been killed and 3,225 people injured.

The HRC reports that an estimated 907,000 people, or a quarter of the population, have fled their homes; in comparison, current UN estimates indicate 700,000 have been displaced.