Situation on the ground and UNICEF's response to the tragedy in Lebanon
On 4 August, two explosions ripped through the port area of Lebanon’s capital, leaving 220 dead, including three children. A further 6,000 people, including 1,000 children, were injured and more than 110 people are reportedly still missing.
UNICEF estimates that nearly 100,000 children had their homes damaged or destroyed. Many households are in poor living conditions with limited access to water and electricity. UNICEF is leading building to building assessments to identify the number of houses that lost access to water.
The future of an entire generation of children is at stake as Lebanon struggles simultaneously with one of the world's worst economic depressions in modern history, the COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath of the massive August 2020 Beirut Port explosions.