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A year after explosion at Beirut’s port, one in three families in Lebanon have children still showing signs of trauma: UN

A year after an explosion at Beirut’s port, one in three families in Lebanon have children still showing signs of trauma, the UN said on Tuesday.

UN agency for children, UNICEF, citing a July survey of 1,200 families, said that, one in three families (34 percent) has children still showing signs of psychological distress. In the case of adults, the figure reaches almost one in two (45.6 percent), it added in a report published on the eve of the blast’s first anniversary.

The 4 August, 2020 explosion killed more than 200 people, wounded at least 6,500 others and damaged swathes of the capital.

A UNICEF survey in July found that almost all families that requested assistance in the wake of the Beirut port blast still need help, especially cash and food assistance, the agency said.

Many who lost employment because of the blast have yet to find work, UNICEF added, as Lebanon grapples with soaring poverty, rampant inflation and shortages of basic items from medicine to fuel.

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