BEIRUT / BEASLEY FOOD AID

12-Aug-2020 00:02:59
World Food Programme (WFP) is bringing into Lebanon a three-month supply of wheat flour and grains for bakeries and mills to help protect against food shortages across Lebanon as the country works to rebuild its main port, destroyed by the explosion on 4 August. The first wheat shipment is due to arrive within the coming ten days. WFP
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STORY: BEIRUT / BEASLEY FOOD AID
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SOURCE: WFP
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 9-11 AUGUST 2020, BEIRUT / TRIPOLI, LEBANON
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9 AUGUST 2020, BEIRUT, LEBANON

1. Various shots, destruction in Beirut Port
2. UPSOUND (English) David Beasley, Executive Director, WFP:
“There is nothing… a pure devastation. I mean, this is like a war zone. Like a nuclear bomb went off. It is hard to believe. Pictures cannot describe the reality here.”
3. Various shots, Beasley touring the port

10 AUGUST 2020, BEIRUT, LEBANON

4. Various shots, offloading WFP cargo flight from Brindisi, at Beirut Airport
5. SOUNDBITE (English) David Beasley, Executive Director, WFP:
“85% of all the food brought into Lebanon comes through that port and it’s critical that we get it operational again so were bringing in mobile cranes as well as mobile warehousing forklifts you name it, everything necessary to get it operational again.”
6. Various shots, damaged buildings in the Mar Mikhael neighborhood
7. Various shots, communal kitchen using WFP food

11 AUGUST 2020, TRIPOLI, LEBANON

8. Various shots, Tripoli port
9. Various shots, Beasley touring Tripoli port
10. Wide shot, grain in a ship’s cargo hall
11. Med shot, grain in a ship’s cargo hall
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World Food Programme (WFP) is bringing into Lebanon a three-month supply of wheat flour and grains for bakeries and mills to help protect against food shortages across Lebanon as the country works to rebuild its main port, destroyed by the explosion on 4 August. The first wheat shipment is due to arrive within the coming ten days.

Current wheat flour reserves in the country are estimated to cover market needs for only six weeks.

“85% of all the food brought into Lebanon comes through that port and it’s critical that we get it operational again so were bringing in mobile cranes as well as mobile warehousing forklifts you name it, everything necessary to get it operational again,” said WFP’s Executive Director David Beasley in Lebanon on Sunday (10 Aug).

WFP is providing food to the most vulnerable people across Lebanon whose incomes, jobs and lives have been affected by the triple shock of the blast, COVID-19, and economic crisis.

As an immediate response following the blast, WFP allocated food parcels for 5,000 highly vulnerable households and is preparing to scale up as needed. WFP has also provided food parcels to two local communal kitchens run by Caritas, a local NGO, that are providing meals to victims of the blast as well as volunteers working to clean up the debris.

Each food package is enough to feed a family of five for one month with basic food items such as rice, pasta, bulgur, lentils, beans, chickpeas, tuna, vegetable oil, sugar, salt and tomato paste.

WFP plans to expand its existing cash assistance programme in Lebanon to reach up to one million people across the country. This includes Beirut residents who have been directly affected by the blasts.

The agency is also planning to provide 50,000 people across Lebanon with monthly food rations for six months. The most vulnerable population will be identified through local and international NGOs who are engaged in the relief effort, with the assistance of community leaders and WFP partners.

This emergency assistance WFP is launching in Lebanon requires a total of USD 35 million to provide food support to the most vulnerable as well as logistics and supply chain support to the country.
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