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UN Advises its Personnel in Lebanon to Stockpile Food

UN Advises its Personnel in Lebanon to Stockpile Food

Friday, 18 June, 2021 - 05:00
People shop inside a supermarket in Beirut, Lebanon March 16, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

The United Nations advised its employees in Lebanon to have enough food for at least one to two weeks in view of the deteriorating economic conditions in the country and the excessive power cuts.

“Ensure to have enough food and water supply for at least one to two weeks, especially canned products that do not require fridge,” said a statement released Wednesday by the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS).

It also advised them to keep their vehicle fuel tank full, and to exercise the utmost cautious while waiting at gas station queues to avoid what it termed as “unwanted situations, as it might turn violent.”

In the past weeks, long lines have been forming in front of fuel pumps throughout the country, after stations began rationing petrol.

The shortages of fuel have led to attacks on owners and staff.

The UNDSS statement also advised UN personnel to keep enough cash money for emergencies, in USD and Lebanese Lira and to ensure to have matches, candles, flashlight and batteries to be used during excessive power cuts.

It added that UN staff should also stock regular or permanently used medications if required and to ensure a First Aid Kit is available and handy at all times.

UNDSS said it will continue monitoring the situation and provide security situation updates as needed.

On Thursday, the UN described its latest move as normal “security recommendations and guidelines released to its personnel in all countries where the UN operates.”

It added that the recommendations come within the framework of the organizational responsibility of the United Nations towards its staff, and that the guidelines are based on circulated information.

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