The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), together with the EU Satellite Centre (EUSC), is providing scientific support to international donors planning the distribution of aid in Lebanon.
High resolution satellite images from the JRC and the EU Satellite Centre
have already helped the EU compile a preliminary damage and needs assessment
report for Lebanon. The report was presented at the recent donors' conference
in Stockholm by Benita Ferrero-Waldner, EU Commissioner for External
The images reveal that in southern Lebanon 1,489 buildings, 535 road sections,
21 of the 29 bridges over the Litani River and 545 cultivated fields were
either destroyed or damaged. In Beirut 326 residential buildings have been
damaged or destroyed in the southern suburbs, along with all the runways of
Beirut airport and six strategic highway sections.
According to the report, the damage observed to the roads means access to
important towns, services such as hospitals as well as cultivated fields may
The report also points out that the satellite images only show damage to
buildings that is visible from overhead; in areas where ground battles took
place, considerable lateral damage to buildings is also likely.
The JRC and EUSC will continue to support the reconstruction effort by
establishing a spatial data infrastructure to allow for a more detailed
assessment of the damages.