Hundreds of people were killed in a massive explosion that shook the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Tuesday August 4. The blast appears to have been centered on the city's port area and was equivalent of 1,000 to 1,500 tonnes of TNT - about a 10th of the intensity of the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 - unquestionably one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history, far bigger than any conventional weapon. Many people including children are still reported missing, more than 200 dead, 300000 displaced and 10000 buildings destroyed with families still living in the rubbles.
The Beirut Relief Fund will support ongoing rescue missions to find missing family members and mobilise short term and long term resources for reconstruction efforts.
We continue to be on the ground supporting volunteers engaged in a two phase recovery process :-
1 - Providing immediate short term aid to the families impacted by the blast (household items and medical aid)
2 - Long term reconstruction of homes, hospitals and schools