The massive explosion on 4 August in the Port of Beirut—the country’s capital—threw the city into chaos. Right now:
- More than 180 people have been killed and 6,500 people injured
- 300,000 people are expected to be homeless because of the damage
- Hospitals, already strained by COVID-19, are now completely overwhelmed and beyond capacity
This disaster is compounding the suffering of people in Lebanon who already face huge economic downturn and the global COVID-19 pandemic.
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There are huge needs for shelter materials, medical care, basic hygiene and household supplies, and mental health support.
Medair will focus on the most urgent needs for shelter and mental health support among the most vulnerable. We are coordinating with the UN High Commission for Refugees and other humanitarian actors to help gather data about the needs among the people impacted.
The teams have already begun distributing emergency shelter supplies to families in the Gemmayze area, with more planned in the weeks to come. Medair will likely use its shelter expertise to also help rehabilitate buildings, particularly damaged health centres.
Our Mental Health & Psychosocial Support team is responding to address trauma resulting from the event by training humanitarian responders in Psychological First Aid.