Merhi Charity delivered donated diesel to Tripoli to run the city’s hydraulic water pumping stations

Merhi Charity delivered donated diesel to Tripoli to run the city’s hydraulic water pumping stations

| Friday 23 September 2022

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Merhi Charity, a Lebanese aid organization, delivered donated diesel to Tripoli to run the city’s hydraulic water pumping stations after a fuel shortage forced shutdown cut off water supply. Tripoli MPs Ashraf Rifi and Abdul Karim Kabbara pledged fuel donations while caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Wednesday claimed to have ordered a diesel delivery. Protesters decried the water shortages by holding several sit-ins Wednesday evening. Lebanon’s electricity crisis has throttled the water supply as hydraulic pumping stations struggle to operate due to a lack of continuous electricity while interruptions at larger stations trickle down. Last week, state electricity provider Electricité du Liban announced the total shutdown of all its thermal power plants due to a lack of fuel oil. A UN program delivering diesel to water establishments “delivered the last drop of fuel” in early April, then-United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Najat Rochdi wrote. The Beirut and Mount Lebanon Water Establishment announced in May it would ration its services for reasons related to the electricity supply. Since then, power shortages have caused issues with water supply across the country. The UN’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in July reported a steep increase in the cost of trucked water which citizens have had to resort to amid water shortages.

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