Beirut Explosion Devastated Lebanon 300 Thousand People in Urgent Need of Shelter, Food and Water

A massive explosion occurred in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, on 4 August (Tuesday), causing severe damages in the area, over 140 deaths, 5,000 injuries and more than a hundred people went missing. Over 300,000 people lost their homes, including over 80,000 children. There are severe shortages of clean water, food and sanitation products. They need your help now!

The explosion has wrecked almost half of the city. Many people were injured by the broken glasses and rushed into the local hospital. Yet, with three medical facilities destroyed by the blast, 500 beds damaged and lots of COVID-19 patients, Beirut’s hospitals are overloaded. Patients have to wait on the sidewalks and in the hospitals’ parking lots. As the port can no longer transport medical and antiviral essentials, the city is under the risk of mass infection.

Lebanon, which has been taking a huge number of refugees from Syria, has reached a sky-high unemployment rate of 25%, one-third of the population is living under the poverty line and over 50 thousand children are already in hunger. Now, the government has declared the grains storing at the port, that take up 85% of the country’s stock, were contaminated and non-edible. 300 thousand people’s needs are now even harder to meet.

“It is saddening to see the tremendous damage and casualties made by the explosion. The affected families are lacking food and water and their children may encounter life-long psychological problems after witnessing a disaster, suffering from injuries, losing their family members or homes. I hope we can all offer a helping hand to the children and their families to go through the hardship.” Kanie Siu, CEO of Plan International Hong Kong, said.

Colin Lee, Country Director of Plan International Lebanon, explained that the country has already been in trouble since October last year due to social, economic and political issues. With the threats from COVID-19 and now half of the capital is destroyed, the situation is worrying. It is estimated that more impacts will start to emerge in the coming days to weeks.

The port facility was completely destructed and half of the city has reported different levels of damages. People from Cyprus, 240 km away from Beirut, could also feel the devastating blast.

Plan International is closely monitoring the situation and working with our partners to provide assistance to the affected children, families and communities, including:

1.    Distribute food aids to the affected population

2.    Distribute hygiene and antiviral kits, including 1,000 packs of sanitary pads and 1,000 packs of adult and baby diapers that have already been distributed, as well as hand sanitisers, soaps and masks that will be distributed soon

3.    Support children who are separated from families, provide emergency and psychological assistance to children and parents. Ensure children are protected from any kind of violence or exploitation while waiting for settlement.

4.    Support 500 families from the most affected area, provide 3-month multi-purpose cash grants to more than 150 families

5.    Distribute educational kits and Happy Classroom Kits to children affected

The whole relief programme is estimated to benefit around 10,000 people in Beirut.

People in Beirut have lost their families, their homes and everything they have in one night. The incident has made their lives even more difficult. They need your help to get through the hard times.

Research: Psychosocial Wellbeing of Girls and Boys Post-Beirut Explosion

The psychosocial support team from Plan International has found that many children, who experienced the explosion in different ways, have developed signs of distress and changes in behaviours, including fear, anxiety, worry, crying, screaming, disinterest and lack of concentration and interaction, or having sleeping disorders and speech problems. (Details in the report below)

Our Relief Work Video:
Plan International staff distributes emergency kits from house to house to understand their needs and provide immediate materialistic and psychosocial support. As there is a shortage of sanitary products such as baby diapers, Plan International provides families with daily necessities to meet their urgent needs.
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