UNDP / BEIRUT BLAST RECOVERY

20-Aug-2020 00:04:13
In the aftermath of the devastating explosions in the port of Beirut, immediate support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will prioritize the restoration of livelihoods and small businesses; debris management; and access to justice for impacted vulnerable groups. UNDP
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STORY: UNDP / BEIRUT BLAST RECOVERY
TRT: 4:14
SOURCE: UNDP
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ARABIC /NATS

DATELINE: 18 AUGUST 2020, BEIRUT, LEBANON
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1. Various shots, destruction in Beirut
2. SOUNDBITE (Arabic), Khaled Abdel Shafi, Deputy Regional Director, UNDP:
“This shocking catastrophe that took place in Beirut further aggravated the crisis situation due to the socio-economic situation in Lebanon that existed before. Now, what needs to be done is to translate words of sympathy and solidarity with Lebanon into actions on the ground. UNDP, from the very beginning, enacted a plan to respond to the impact of this catastrophe by helping the Lebanese people restore what was destroyed, regain their livelihoods from small businesses, as well as providing a safety net for the unemployed by creating jobs within the rebuilding process.”
3. Various shots, work crews in Beirut responding to the damage
4. Various shots, damage to buildings in Beirut.
STORYLINE
In the aftermath of the devastating explosios in the port of Beirut, immediate support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will prioritize the restoration of livelihoods and small businesses; debris management; and access to justice for impacted vulnerable groups. This will complement urgent relief efforts of sister UN agencies in the first stage response.

Over the recovery period, UNDP will advocate for and support the implementation of socio-economic protection measures aimed at protecting the people of Beirut affected by the impacts of the blast and all Lebanese.

Effects of the blast go far beyond the immediate vicinity of the destroyed port. Around 10,000 enterprises in the direct vicinity of the blast have been destroyed or put out of business, leaving over 100,000 people unemployed and highly food insecure. Additionally, an estimated 300,000 people have lost their homes.

“UNDP, from the very beginning, enacted a plan to respond to the impact of this catastrophe by helping the Lebanese people restore what was destroyed, regain their livelihoods from small businesses, as well as providing a safety net for the unemployed by creating jobs within the rebuilding process,” remarked Khaled Abdel Shafi, the UNDP Deputy Regional Director for Arab States who was on the ground in Beirut supporting recovery efforts.

UNDP will work on reducing the immediate impact of the blast on food availability for the most vulnerable, through a mix of cash-for-work emergency employment schemes and the provision of family food security support.

The impact of the blast extends far beyond Beirut, compounding multi-faceted crises that Lebanon has been facing for years including spillover effect of the crisis in Syria and spiraling economic crisis, further complicated by a persistent COVID-19 outbreak.

The explosion has exacerbated vulnerabilities among several disadvantaged groups, including impoverished Lebanese, refugees and migrant workers. UNDP will support legal aid efforts in affected areas to provide counselling service, to help vulnerable groups safeguard their labour and housing rights.
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