Emergency Aid for Beirut Blast Victims
Beirut is currently in a two-week state of emergency after an immense explosion bought the city to its knees. It was so large that it was felt in Cyprus 200 km away.
To put the explosion in perspective, the blast was equivalent to about three kilotons of TNT – roughly a fifth the force of the Little Boy atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in the Second World War.
According to the Governor of Beirut, the death toll is currently over 160 people with 6,000 wounded, yet the estimate on those made homeless increased to 300,000, with losses estimated between $10 and $15 billion. Officials said they expect the death toll to rise further as emergency workers dig through the rubble to search for survivors.
Hospitals were already strained by the coronavirus pandemic, and one was so badly damaged by the blast it had to treat patients in a nearby field. Food security is also a concern. The half-destroyed silos at the port housed about 85% of the nation’s grain.
The city’s port has been flattened by the explosion. The port is Lebanon’s central economic lifeline. Lebanon is almost entirely dependent on imports. Without the port, there will be food and medicine shortages amid an already collapsing economy.
GlobalSadaqah in collaboration with Al-I’tisam (Malaysia) and Development & Regeneration Association (Beirut) will be providing emergency aid in the form of medical supplies, food items, and other essentials to the people in Lebanon.
Join in with your support and prayers as we take a stand to help our brothers and sisters in Lebanon get back on their feet and stabilize their lives.