A massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on 4th August 2020 has left widespread destruction and injury across the city.



According to Lebanese Red Cross, more than 200 people were killed and more than 6,000 people are reported injured due to the port explosion in Beirut.


As many as 300,000 people have now been displaced from their homes with nearby hotels and schools currently helping to shelter. Thousands of people affected by the explosion are in dire need of medical care. Several health facilities are damaged, and medicines and medical equipment are in short supply.


As of 24 August, the Lebanese Red Cross has helped 82,342 people since the tragic explosion and is planning to provide direct cash support to affected populations for up to 10,000 families within 2 to 4 weeks.


This includes the provision of basic assistance and setting up temporary shelters for up to 1,000 families to help them cope with the immediate aftermath of the blast. More than 3,200 ready to eat meals have been distributed, 4550 households received food parcels, 3,009 households received hygiene kits and around 11,500 sanitisers and face masks were distributed. 16,157 people have been provided with primary and mental health support and another 11,782 have been provided with emergency medical services.


The Red Cross also scaling up their response to addressing the increasing primary health care and psychological support needs of people affected by the crisis through 4 Health Centres and 5 Medical mobile units. Services offered include: consultation, distribution of medication and paramedical items, psychological support, psychological first aid, and linking people affected to specialised services.



Donations raised by this appeal will go to the people that are immediately impacted by this explosion.  


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