Emergency: Beirut Explosion
The explosion in Beirut has left thousands displaced and in urgent need of food, hygiene kits and child protection.
Will you help?
On Tuesday the 4th of August, a warehouse of ammonium nitrate exploded in the heart of the Port of Beirut, Lebanon. The force of the blast blew out windows up to 15km away and utterly devastated the port, killing more than 130 people and injuring 5,000. Days later, many remain missing under the rubble – including children.
Beirut’s port is one of the busiest in the Mediterranean and is densely populated. Now, approximately 300,000 people have been displaced. With many children separated from their families, there are serious concerns for their safety – particularly girls, who are at great risk of violence and exploitation. This is on top of the ongoing threat of COVID-19.
After months of a social, political and economic crisis, Lebanon is already on the brink of financial collapse. And with COVID-19 overwhelming hospitals, the country is not equipped to deal with this emergency alone.
That’s why we need you.
How you can help
The Plan International Lebanon office is located in Beirut, and they are already working with local government, local partners and other humanitarian organisations to provide urgent support to children and families devastated by the blast. By donating today, you can help:
- Distribute urgent food supplies to displaced families.
- Assist authorities in time-critical search and rescue efforts.
- Set up child-safe spaces to protect children and reconnect missing children with their families.
- Address the unique safety concerns facing girls, who we know are at increased risk of violence and exploitation during emergencies.
- Provide emergency hygiene kits, including hand sanitiser, soap and masks, to halt the spread of COVID-19.
We know that during emergencies, children and especially girls are most at risk. And in the face of COVID-19, the danger has never been greater.
By donating today, you can help Plan International provide urgent relief to communities in crisis all over the world, and make sure no child is left scared, alone and in danger of violence.