Beirut explosions

Caritas Internationalis posted a photo:

Beirut explosions

Caritas Lebanon and Caritas member organisations have been helping the people of Beirut in the aftermath of two devasting explosions in the port area of the city.

Some 177 people have died, at least 6000 were injured and an estimated 300,000 people have been made homeless.

Wafaa Ismail, 35, sits in front of what is left of her house. She has fled Syria years ago to find safety in Lebanon. Now she has once again lost everything. The explosion near Beirut’s main port on 4 August 2020 killed at least 170 people, wounded 6,000, and displaced hundreds of thousands.

With CRS (Catholic Relief Services is a US member of the Caritas confederation) funding, Caritas mobile medical clinics are treating wounded unable to access damaged and overwhelmed hospitals. CRS is supporting Catholic, Orthodox, Sunni, Shia, Evangelical and Alawite voluntary agencies to assist with food, lodging, ambulance services, blood drives, debris removal and home repair.
CRS has committed $350,000 of internal resources for the response and continues to fundraise and is supporting Caritas Lebanon to prepare a submission to USAID/BHA.

Photo by Stefanie Glinski for Catholic Relief Services

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