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Beirut, Lebanon: At least 180 people killed and thousands injured after huge explosion

At least 180 people have been killed and 6,500 more injured in a huge explosion in Beirut, Lebanon according to latest reports.

Footage shared on social media showed the moment a building several storeys high exploded, sending an enormous shockwave across the city that shattered windows, shook buildings and destroyed homes. An estimated 300,000 people have been left homeless.

The explosion and shockwaves were reportedly heard and felt as far away as Cyprus – more than 200km away.

The destruction of Beirut’s port will devastate the country further as it relies heavily on imports for its essential supplies.

Islamic Relief Lebanon Country Director, Nidal Ali, said:

“Islamic Relief has already started its response – we are looking at providing drinking water and food for people who have lost their homes. In a few days, we will also start helping to clear the streets of the debris caused by the blast, providing people currently out of work with cash to help out. Longer-term we will need to continue providing food parcels, as the seaport has been destroyed, meaning food imports will be significantly reduced to a country that is already on its knees.”

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Lebanon Emergency: Hospitals in Beirut are overrun with wounded people

Lebanon’s economy was already on the brink of collapse from the effects of the ongoing financial crisis and the strain of the coronavirus lockdown. Hospitals in Beirut are now overrun with wounded people, with some being referred to Tripoli, 50 miles to the north of Beirut, for treatment.

The destruction of Beirut’s port will devastate the country further as it relies heavily on imports for its essential supplies.

Islamic Relief teams are on the ground in Lebanon

Having carried out a thorough needs assessment, Islamic Relief teams in Beirut, Lebanon have identified food, water and shelter as the most urgent needs.

Your donations will fund an immediate emergency response and wider long-term rehabilitation.

Our initial response will focus on distributing ready to eat meals, hygiene kits and health assistance supporting people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance who are currently sheltering in communal buildings such as schools, mosques and churches.

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The teams have began distributing ready-to-eat meals to hospital patients and staff treating those wounded by the explosion.

Our team in Beirut is also contributing to clearing debris in affected communities and public spaces.

Donate towards the Lebanon Emergency Appeal and help save lives.

Lebanon Emergency: Frequently Asked Questions

Due to the nature of this emergency, there are many reports going around about getting aid in to Lebanon. Some are true but many are false. So we wanted to let you know what our experience has been on the ground and how we’re delivering  your generous donations to the people in need.

 

Does islamic Relief have a programme specifically for victims of the blast?

Yes

 

Is Islamic Relief working through the Lebanese government?

No

 

Is Islamic Relief being prevented from cleaning the streets?

No

 

Is Islamic Relief experiencing any bank hold or transfer issues?

No

 

Does Islamic Relief have long term plans for survivors?

Yes

 

Does Islamic Relief have development projects for Lebanon?

Yes

How is the money being used?

All funds are directed to Islamic Relief humanitarian operations in Lebanon. We are providing food supplies, medical aid and hygiene kits for immediate relief.

How are you supplying food?

We are working with trusted suppliers who still have existing supplies in their warehouses. The more funds we raise, the more we can get these supplies out to support families through the impending food shortages that will soon start to hit.

How do you have access so fast?

Islamic Relief has been on the ground in Lebanon for the past 15 years. We have an office with staff and volunteers who work every day to deliver urgent support and implement development projects for vulnerable locals and refugee communities.

How is the money transferred to Lebanon?

Through our international Islamic Relief Worldwide office in the UK, who are then able to transfer it to the Islamic Relief Lebanon office. It does not go through the Lebanese government  and we have not experienced any holds or transfer issues.

What is Islamic Relief’s response time?

We started distributing aid on Friday 7th August for our Phase 1 Response. This includes food supplies, helping people clear debris to improve mobility and to support the 300,000 people currently homeless due to the blast. Phases 2 and 3 will seek to help those affected to rebuild their lives over the coming months.

How can we trust donations are delivered?

Transparency is our key value. This is why we post pictures, share videos and most importantly, we account for every pound given through reports on our website and audits every single year. For more information on how your donation is used, please click here.

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