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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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.