Solidarity and Support for Beirut Following Devastating Explosion
06 Aug 20
Today Lebanon is reeling from the effects of the explosion in Beirut on Tuesday at 6pm local time.
Over 135 people were killed, more than 5,000 injured and thousands affected, many of whom have slept in shattered homes and in the streets during a deadly pandemic. Loss of infrastructure is estimated to be in the vicinity of AUD $14-21 billion.
Caritas Lebanon is working to assist the most vulnerable, which in this case is such a huge undertaking due to the sheer scale of people impacted. The most urgent needs are food, health and shelter.
Hygiene kits, already essential to combat COVID-19, are even more essential to protect people from the toxicity dispersed into air from the 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate.
Medications are needed with many supplies and hospitals directly impacted in the blast, coupled with the high number of injuries experienced. Material for clean-up and renovation is critical.
Food insecurity is of major concern, as wheat stored at the port was destroyed and flour is sold only to bakeries, as per government decree.
Caritas Australia has committed to provide emergency response in the form of crucial financial support as part of its already established Middle East Regional Appeal.
We stand in solidarity with the people of Beirut and the Lebanese community here in Australia at this time of enormous heartbreak and loss. The Lebanese Catholic community is a valued part of the Caritas Australia network.
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Source: Caritas Lebanon