The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned that the water crisis in Lebanon is putting the health of millions of people, especially children, at risk.
UNICEF said in a new report titled “Fighting to keep the taps running” that “the prospects for a solution will remain bleak, as lack of electricity makes it impossible to pump enough water and, in some cases , causes pumping to stop completely”. , noting that Lebanon managed to prevent the complete collapse of its water infrastructure.
The report warns that millions of people in the country are currently affected by the limited availability of clean and safe water, adding that water supply systems continue to teeter on the edge of a precipice, putting the health of millions of people, especially children, at risk.
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According to the report, rising global oil prices have exacerbated the country’s economic collapse while the coronavirus pandemic has worsened the situation.
Last year, UNICEF warned that Lebanon’s water supply system had reached breaking point and called for the urgent restoration of power supplies, to maintain water services. in the country.
The energy crisis in Lebanon is one of the repercussions of a serious economic and financial crisis that the country has been experiencing for more than two and a half years, with power cuts almost all day.
The Lebanese economic crisis has caused a decline in foreign exchange reserves and a depletion of foreign currency, limiting the ability to import the fuel needed to run power plants.