More than half of Lebanon could face food shortages

More than half of Lebanon could face food shortages

Lebanon was already in economic collapse even before the August 4 blast at that killed 188 people.

More than half of Lebanon’s population risk facing a food crisis in the aftermath of a Beirut port blast that compounded the country’s many woes, a UN agency has warned.

“More than half of the country’s population is at risk of failing to access their basic food needs by the year’s end,” the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) said on Sunday.

“Immediate measures should be taken to prevent a food crisis,” ESCWA executive secretary Rola Dashti said.

Dashti said Lebanon’s government must prioritise the rebuilding of silos at the Beirut port, the country’s largest grain storage.

Lebanon was mired in an economic collapse even before the August 4 blast at Beirut’s port, which killed 188 people, wounded thousands and destroyed swathes of the capital.

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