ICRC response to harsh winter conditions in Lebanon

The weather forecasts for Lebanon continue to bring bad news, much to the despair of the many people living in long-term displacement and Lebanese populations in areas affected by violence. The recent storm “Windy” and earlier storm “Yohan” brought heavy rain showers and very strong winds, putting a further strain on an already exhausted population.

The focus of our work is on the most vulnerable people and those not covered by other humanitarian organizations, such as Lebanese returnees from Syria for example, who are not considered  refugees and therefore fall through the net. We are very concerned, as the needs are immense. So the ICRC has stepped in to cover needs that were initially to be covered by other organizations and has liaised with its primary partner the Lebanese Red Cross to identify vulnerable groups whose needs were not being met.

>> Click the red dots to see what ICRC has done to help vulnerable people make it through the winter



The boundaries and names shown, and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the International Committee of the Red Cross.


  • Chebaa and Hasbaya


    • 891 families in Hasbaya, Chebaa and Marj el-Khokh received food parcels in coordination with the UNHCR and the Lebanese Red Cross (over 4,450 people)
    • The Lebanese Red Cross distributed ICRC food parcels to 724 vulnerable Syrian refugee families (around 3,620 people).

    Number of beneficiaries: 3,620


  • Beirut and Mount Lebanon

    • 210 Lebanese families (or over 1,000 people) who had fled the war in Syria and sought refuge in Dahye (a southern suburb of Beirut) received food parcels containing vegetables, dry and canned food items and non-food items, such as blankets, kitchen sets, nappies and hygiene kits.
    • 1,200 detainees received winter clothes.

    Number of beneficiaries: 2,250

  • Ein el-Helweh refugee camp, Sidon

    The ICRC distributed essential household items, hygiene kits and tarpaulins to Palestinian families from Syria living in Ein el-Helweh.  © ICRC

    • 170 Palestinian families from Syria staying in collective shelters in Ein el-Helweh received essential household items, hygiene kits, tarpaulins and solar panels, which provide electricity for heaters.
    • Water systems, air conditioning and broken windows were repaired restored in the camp's Human Call Hospital.
    • The ICRC provided building materials and support to a collective shelter that houses up to 14 Palestinian families who fled from Syria.


    Number of families assisted: 170

  • Tripoli and Akkar



     Women working in the ICRC´s kitchen project in Tripoli, northern Lebanon © ICRC / L.Salvinelli

    • The ICRC repaired or replaced the windows and doors for 320 families (over 1,800 people) affected by violence in Beb El-Tebbeneh.
    • 110 households (500 vulnerable people) received hot meals every day, cooked by 40 women participating in a cash-for-work scheme in the ICRC’s Bab al-Tebbeneh and Jabal Mohsen kitchen projects.
    • The Lebanese Red Cross distributed tarpaulins, blankets and fuel vouchers for a period of five months, all supplied by the ICRC.

    Number of beneficiaries: 5,340


  • Bekaa


    • 1,880 vulnerable Lebanese citizens who had returned from Syria to Lebanon received cash assistance for a period of 6 months to help them through the winter.
    • About 2,230 Palestinian families from Syria (approximately 11,100 people) received cash assistance covering a period of 5 months as part of the winter assistance programme in coordination with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
    • The Lebanese Red Cross distributed ICRC food parcels to 1,676 vulnerable Syrian refugee families (approximately 8,380 people).

    Number of beneficiaries: 21,445


    See also: ICRC and UNRWA join forces to help Palestine refugees