Lebanon (MNN) — Millions of people in Lebanon now face water shortages.
Wissam Nasrallah with LSESD says the water supply system needs to be repaired, but the parts are too expensive. “The collapse of the national power grid could not be offset by private generators due to the massive fuel shortages that the country has been going through. And this is leading to major blackouts. It’s putting the water system under severe pressure because this is interrupting treatment, pumping, and distribution of water.”
The water shortage will cause further problems fighting COVID-19, Nasrallah says. People won’t be able to practice good hygiene as efficiently without a steady water supply.
Amid devastating fuel shortages, most Lebanese spend all their mental resources just trying to travel.
Nasrallah says people can wait in line for hours and still not get enough gas to run errands. “People are not able to go to work. The doctors are not able to get to hospitals. Every aspect of daily life is being severely impacted by the fuel crisis. This is really draining the morale of probably everybody I know. Good news in Lebanon is ‘Oh, I was able to fill my tank. And I’m able to go to work.’”
LSESD is caring for the suffering in Jesus’ name. But this discouragement has affected the LSESD team just as much as the rest of the country. Ask God to give renewed energy and focus to the team.
Nasrallah says, “We’re trying as much as possible to alleviate the suffering of the people and the community around us. We’re trying to source medicines, for example, through different channels since this has been also a very severe crisis where most drugs are not found in pharmacies.” You can support their work here.
Header photo courtesy of LSESD on Facebook.