The blast occurred in town ’s port place. It’s believed it resulted from a fire tripping 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been abandoned at a warehouse. Up to 300,000 may have been left homeless because of the blast.
George Kettani, head of Lebanon’s Red Cross, said: “What we are watching is a massive catastrophe. ”
Save The Children staff member, Nour Wahid, who lives 10 minutes away from where the explosion happened, said: ldquo;At first, the building started to shake — I believed it was an earthquake.
“Five of my nieces and nephews were outside on the balcony playing once the blast went off. They started to shout and run as the chimney collapsed ; they were wounded. Hospitals told me they couldn’t even take them because they were prioritising severe injuries. ”
Seeing this all on TV, or viewing the news unfold on social networking, it can be difficult to learn how’s best to help — particularly in a nation already heavily impacted by a monetary crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Here are some suggestions of how you’re able to provide support.
The Red Cross in Lebanon has been on the ground helping treat casualties impacted by the explosion. It dispatched 75 ambulances along with 375 emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and staff to assist the vulnerable.
After the blast happened, the charity also set up triage and first aid stations for people with non-critical injuries. It’s desperate for contributions — no matter how large or little. You can contribute here.
People in Lebanon are also being encouraged to give blood as there’s an “urgent need” for all blood types. Blood transfusion centres are available in Tripoli, Jounieh, Antelias, Spears, Zahle, Saida and Nabatieh.
2. Donate to local organisations
Impact Lebanon intends to raise £5m to offer emergency relief to Beirut — thus much it’s reached half its goal. The money will be transmitted to NGOs (non-governmental organisations) dealing with the situation on the ground.
You can even find individual NGOs to contribute to here.
Support those made homeless by the blast
It’s believed around 300,000 people are made homeless. Men and women in Beirut are offering their houses and hotels for all those affected — there are a thread of offers and add to it if you own lodging in the region.
The Lebanese food lender are also working hard to help provide food for all those impacted in the coming days. You can contribute here.
Beit el Baraka is a non-profit organisation which helps destitute Lebanese families and acquaintances with financial aid and help. In a statement shared on its Facebook page on Tuesday evening, a spokesperson said: “Now is the time to pull together and unite.
“Our motto is what’s going to help us get through this, again. As of tomorrow morning we will be fixing all of the houses of our families which were seriously damaged tonight. ” You can contribute to them .
4. Dedicate to hospitals in the area
Saint George Hospital in Beirut was so extensively damaged by the explosion which it needed to release patients and near, that the New York Times reported. You can contribute to the hospital to help it get back up and functioning.