WASHINGTON, KOMPAS.com – The World Bank has voiced for its support to offer recovery assistance following the massive Beirut explosion earlier this week.
The international group asserted its readiness to assess Lebanon’s damage and needs in addition to mobilizing public and private financing for reconstruction and recovery.
The World Bank said in a statement that it "would be also willing to reprogram existing resources and explore additional financing to support rebuilding lives and livelihoods of people impacted by this disaster."
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The World Bank did not specify which resources could be diverted as part of the recovery assistance effort.
In June, the multilateral development lender announced an allocation of $40 million from an existing $120 million health program for Lebanon to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
At least 135 people were killed and 5,000 were injured in Tuesday's explosion at Beirut port, which also left up to 250,000 without homes fit to live in after shockwaves smashed building facades
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It was also unclear on Wednesday whether the disaster will alter Lebanon's difficult negotiations with the International Monetary Fund.
Since May, the IMF and Lebanon have been trying to work out a broader bailout package aimed at stemming a financial crisis that is seen as the biggest threat to the country's stability since the 1975-90 civil war.