BEIRUT — A Lebanese aid organization delivered a first round 30,000 liters of donated diesel to the North Lebanon Water Establishment's branch in Tripoli to run the area's hydraulic pumping stations, which shut down in recent days due to a lack of fuel to power them, the state-run National News Agency reported.
It was not clear from the NNA report when the Merhi Charity, which delivered the diesel, would deliver another round of the diesel, or how many deliveries would take place.
MPs Ashraf Rifi (independent/Tripoli) and Abdul Karim Kabbara (related to Future Movement/Tripoli) also announced that they will be offering 10,000 liters of diesel to the water establishment, according to the NNA.
Earlier on Wednesday, caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati said that he ordered an 11,000-liter delivery of diesel for the establishment. Mikati had reportedly asked the secretary-general of the Lebanese government's Higher Relief Committee, Major General Muhammad Khair, to provide the establishment with the diesel. It was unclear when the diesel would arrive at the water establishment.
In addition to the recent water shortage, Tripoli often experiences electricity cutoffs.
Last week, Electricité du Liban announced the total shutdown of all its thermal power plants due to a lack of fuel oil.
Earlier on Wednesday evening, several dozen Tripoli residents staged a sit-in in front of the Qadisha Electricity Company, on the outskirts of the city, to protest against water shortages. People at another sit-in north of the city gathered to decry the lack of running water.