BEIRUT (Reuters) – Greater than 4 million individuals in Lebanon might face a essential scarcity of water or be reduce off utterly within the coming days, UNICEF warned, as a result of a extreme gas disaster.
Lebanon, with a inhabitants of 6 million, is at a low level in a two-year monetary meltdown, with a scarcity of gas oil and gasoline that means intensive blackouts and lengthy strains on the few gasoline stations nonetheless working.
“Very important services resembling hospitals and well being centres have been with out entry to protected water as a result of electrical energy shortages, placing lives in danger,” UNICEF Government Director Henrietta Fore mentioned in an announcement.
“If 4 million persons are pressured to resort to unsafe and expensive sources of water, public well being and hygiene shall be compromised, and Lebanon might see a rise in waterborne illnesses, along with the surge in COVID-19 instances,” she mentioned, urging the formation of a brand new authorities to deal with the disaster.
(Reporting by Nafisa Eltahir; Enhancing by Frances Kerry)
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