Reporting from Lebanon

This blog contains Dan Winter's live reports from Beirut Lebanon. Dan is a long time peace activist from Boulder Colorado.  He has been to Iraq 3 times and Palestine once.  He is  opening a non-profit office in Beirut to provide services for volunteers and the media.  Contact him for assistance.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Conditions in Lebanon

I have gotten this information from the European Union sponsored web site via the Lebonese Ministry of Social Affairs. www.lebanon-support.org Dan
CONDITIONS IN LEBANON

In South Lebanon:

Large scale destruction of many villages and the main towns
Major highways cut off at certain strategic points
The already poor infrastructure (water, electricity, social infrastructure, etc.) partially destroyed
Prevalence of unexploded ordanance and landmines, as well as hazards from debris
Damage to agricultural land and fear of losing some crops due to lack of irrigation during the events

In the Southern Suburb of Beirut
Complete destruction of some residential and commercial blocks as well as heavy destruction of some of the previously most densely populated neighborhoods
The already poor infrastructure (water, electricity, social infrastructure, etc.) partially destroyed
Prevalence of unexploded ordanance, as well as hazards from debris

Other Areas
The region of Bekaa has seen its share of destruction similar to that in the South, although intervention in the region is not as wide as in the other areas, and data is lacking. There is a similar situation in Akkar.
On the other hand, local reaction from civil society has been quick. Several trends in recovery work can be identified:
Local NGOs, CBOs, and committees have already begun the process of looking into shortages that might affect food security and shelter and are coordinating localized relief efforts.
The initiative of Hizbollah through its social organizations to put all resources available into the reconstruction of homes and the return of refugees is already in place and their primary mapping of needs is in its final stages.
National NGOs and international partners, especially those who already have structures in the concerned areas, are in the process of reactivating their local chapters and networks.
Focus of the relief operations of international agencies is shifting to the South (there could be a negative impact on other regions

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