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Situation update concerning the internal troubles in Lebanon

Lebanese Red Cross
Emergency Medical Services Department

Situation update concerning the internal troubles in Lebanon

Seven days after the beginning of the internal troubles in Lebanon, the situation has temporarily stabilized in most areas
Most of the evacuations of wounded and dead bodies from the Mountain area were a result of the previous night’s clashes

Missions from Monday 12 May 0700 to Wednesday 14 May 0700

Region

Wounded

Dead

Emergency Response & Transport

Transport of Civilians

Beirut & Mount Leb

5

6

53

North

Bekaa

59

Total

5

6

112

All these missions were carried out after communicating as usual with all the parties to ensure the protection of the intervening EMS teams.
Some of the dead were subsequently transported a second time to other facilities at the request of the families and relatives.

Significant events since the beginning of the internal troubles:
An LRC EMS volunteer was hit by shrapnel in his house, after coming back from duty. He is still in intensive care with a severe injury to his spine.
The Halba EMS station was evacuated and severely damaged as a result of the fighting that took place between two parties in the immediate vicinity
of the station.
Stations in Western Beirut, Southern Mount Lebanon, Western Bekaa, Baalbeck, Tripoli and Halba have carried out more than 400 missions related 
to the ongoing events. They were supported by teams from all the other EMS stations.

Mobilization:
As the situation was calmer, teams were rotated and mobilization was decreased back to 380 volunteers and 90 ambulances.

Statistics:

Total number of missions resulting from the conflict

Wednesday 7 May 2008 – 2400 to Wednesday 14 May 2008 – 0700

Region

Wounded

Dead

Emergency Response & Transport

Transport of Civilians

Total

80

42

321

75

These statistics include only the missions directly related to the ongoing internal troubles.

Urgent needs:

Emergency stocks of consumables (bandages, body bags, gloves, masks, disinfecting equipment…) are being distributed to the 16 stations t
hat are located in the areas that have witnessed the most severe combats. These stocks are in the process of being replaced with the support
of the ICRC.
The LRC EMS has requested emergency funds from the Federation for the 43 stations and operations rooms, which will be dedicated to
additional fuel expenses resulting from the increase in missions and movement of ambulances, and to support the heightened state
of readiness in the stations.

As the situation has deteriorated and is not showing signs of being resolved soon, the most urgent needs for the LRC EMS are as follows:

Item

Details

Quantity needed per station

Total Quantity needed

Flak Jackets and Helmets

Currently available in limited numbers. Additional units would allow the safe mobilization of more volunteers. Should be according to LRC EMS specifications.

30

1300

Uniforms

Overalls and boots for stations, operation rooms and specialized rescue teams

30

1500

Halba station

Relocation of the Halba station. Either purchasing an apartment if a suitable one is found (appx 100,000 USD) or building a new station.

The other top priorities of the LRC EMS according the five-year strategy are as follows:

Item

Details

Quantity needed per station

Total Quantity needed

1

VHF Portable radios

For ambulances and mobile posts

3

147

2

VHF Fixed radios

For stations

1

43

3

All-terrain ambulances

All terrain vehicles with patient transport and basic life support capability to enable emergency response on difficult or blockaded roads - Land Cruiser

25

4

4*4 ambulances

Fully equipped, standardized ambulances according to LRC EMS specifications - V.W Foremotion ambulance package

1

39

For additional information:

  • Call    : LRC EMS HQ on (961)5925009
  • Email: LRCEMS@Yahoo.com
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