A NETWORK OF CHALLENGES
- Due to the conflict in neighbouring Syria, there has been a 25 percent increase in population over 4 years.
- This dramatic growth in population has severely strained already overused and aging local water systems.
- The result is reduced levels of water availability and water quality, as well as increases in the prices of water purchased from private sources such as tanker trucks.
WHAT WE ARE DOING ABOUT IT
- Boosting resilience and easing tensions: The ICRC continued working with the regional and local authorities to improve availability of water for both refugees and host communities, to reduce the pressure on residents -- and the potential for tensions -- which helped communities boost their resilience against the effects of drought.
380,000 Number of people who benefited from 16 projects that have increased water access or improved living conditions in settlements that house Syrian refugees, Lebanese residents and a smaller number of Palestinian refugees.
370,000 Number of people who will benefit from 20 projects currently under way or under assessment.
800 Syrian refugees living in informal settlements in the north and in Bekaa who received ad hoc water supply support and site improvement from the ICRC and the Lebanese Red Cross.