A month after the explosions in the port of Beirut that devastated much of the Lebanese capital, residents are struggling to rebuild their homes and lives, but the tragedy has only exacerbated an already critical economic crisis in the country. , the prices of building materials and also food are skyrocketing.
Before the explosion, 55 percent of Lebanese people lived in poverty and 23 percent in extreme poverty, according to the UN. In addition, the value of the local currency, the Lebanese pound, had fallen by more than 80 percent since last October and the COVID-19 pandemic, with the resulting restrictions to prevent its spread.
“The tremendous inflation has made the cost of raw materials needed to rebuild homes and businesses inaccessible to thousands of people who struggled to survive before the explosion,” said Bachf Ayoub, Oxfam spokesman Lebanon.
“While the minimum wage is close to $ 450 a month, the cost of replacing a window is now nearly $ 500 and a door is up to $ 1,000. These families are in dire need of help getting out of this disaster recover and rebuild their lives. ” stressed.