On Tuesday, August 4th at 6:07pm, a large explosion erupted in Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon. The explosion took place in the country’s main port, located in the highly populated central district. The cause of the explosion has been linked to 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive material, which was being stored in a warehouse in the city’s port. The explosion’s blast shattered glass throughout the city resulting in damage to buildings as far as 10 km away. As a result of the explosion, there has been an estimated 3 to 5 billion US dollars in damage. In addition, the blast severely damaged grain silos, which housed much of the country’s grain supplies. With more than 100 people killed and 6,000 injured from the blast, the city of Beirut has declared a two-week state of emergency.
100+ PEOPLE KILLED
300,000 PEOPLE DISPLACED
6,000 PEOPLE INJURED
The effects of the explosion are being felt throughout the city, with more than 300,000 people displaced from their homes. Four of the city’s hospitals are severely damaged and are therefore unable to provide assistance. The remaining hospitals are overwhelmed by the influx of injured people as well as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This explosion has also taken place during the worst financial crisis in the country’s history. Since the country’s main point of entry for imports destroyed and extensive infrastructure damage throughout Beirut, people are in need of immediate assistance. GlobalMedic is responding.
We are packing Family Emergency Kits and Emergency Food Kits to distribute to families affected by the explosion in Beirut. The Family Emergency Kits include a water purification system, basic hygiene items, and a solar light. The water purification system is vital because many families have lost their homes and access to clean drinking water. The hygiene items included will help families regain a sense of normalcy as well as prevent the spread of COVID-19. The solar lights will provide much needed light and security since many are without electricity. The Emergency Food Kits will provide families with culturally appropriate dried food items. An immediate response is crucial in order to reach individuals and families dealing with the devastating effects of the explosion.
We have distributed more than 4,700 Emergency Food Kits and 1,900 Family Emergency Kits so far. We are continuing to prepare and send aid, and are working with our local partners to ensure it reaches those who need it most.