Please help families who have lost everything today
On 4 August a sudden explosion tore through the port of Beirut, Lebanon as the shock wave raced through densely populated areas. Nearly 150 people have lost their lives and more than 5,000 people have been injured.
More than 750,000 people have been affected by this terrible disaster which has left families out on the streets with no food, shelter or emergency medical care.
Across the city of Beirut, neighbourhoods were reduced to rubble by the blast, along with hospitals and crucial stores containing around 85% of the country's grain and medical supplies.
Homes and businesses have been flattened to the ground, windows shattered, and doors knocked down.
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Approximately 300,000 people are now homeless. Please help those who have lost everything. As the country sinks further into severe economic collapse, half the population already face starvation, unable to access basic goods including medicine. Thousands have seen their livelihoods disappear. This explosion has made a most dire situation worse.
Christian Aid's response
Our local partners Basmeh & Zeitooneh and Mouvement Social are responding in the most affected areas and reaching those who were already vulnerable. Together we are:
- Distributing food, water, hygiene and disinfection materials as well as clothes, mattresses, and blankets.
- Helping affected households to access medicine and health services.
- Mobilising volunteers to remove rubble in the places most damaged by the explosion.
- Referring families to temporary shelters and providing minor repairs for homes including carpentry and electrical fixes.