Emergency Appeal: Beirut Explosion

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An explosion in Beirut, Lebanon has caused widespread damage across the capital, killing at least 100 people, injuring thousands, and leaving hundreds of thousands people homeless.

ActionAid is on the ground in Beirut working with local partners to support some of the worst-hit families with essential supplies like food, hygiene kits, masks and shelter.

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Why we need your help?

Fifty per cent of people in Lebanon already live below the poverty line, and they have been with struggling with a surge of COVID-19 infections, as well as a collapsing economy.

Caroline McCausland, Director for ActionAid Arab Region says: “Injured residents are flooding hospitals pushing them past capacity, and the death toll is expected to rise as the clean-up operations get underway.

As well as this, a large amount of food and medical supplies were held at the port and the wheat supplies have been destroyed. Lebanon’s wheat reserve is only for 20 days, meaning a food crisis is imminent.

Where your money goes

In the event that funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people impacted, ActionAid Australia will direct donations to our Arise Fund, which supports disaster preparedness, response and recovery for current and future emergencies.

As per ActionAid Australia’s emergency fundraising standards, 90% of funds raised from this appeal will go to emergency response and 10% to fundraising and administration.