Due to the Beirut explosion disaster, the need for disaster relief is immediate. This Project will provide a combination of food supplies, medical care, shelter assistance and home/facility repairs. We are working with the same partners that we have been working with for the COVID-19 Relief project and our Medical Life Centers.
On August 4, a massive explosion took place at the Port in Beirut that resulted in a destructive cloud of toxic gas and shockwaves that destroyed homes and apartments throughout the city. As of now more than 170 people have been confirmed killed and more than 6,000 have been wounded. It currently seems that the blast was from 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate (fertilizer). Compare this with the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people had only 2 tons of ammonium nitrate. The devastation to the whole city has been unimagineable.
The injured were rushed to overrun hospitals, many of which were damaged as well. Massive numbers of homes have been damaged and are uninhabitable. Reports are saying 300,000 people are homeless across the city and are in need of immediate shelter.
This tragedy comes on top of a major crisis the country has suffered due to 1.5 million refugees fleeing war in Syria and Iraq, political instability and COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns which has caused massive loss of jobs, skyrocketing food costs and the poverty level now at 60% of the population. The destroyed port also contained tons of wheat and other food items. Lebanon imports virtually all of its food so this is a devastating blow to its food supply chain.
WCF has brought medical teams to Lebanon since 2014 and we established 2 Medical Life Centers in Nabaa and North Lebanon to serve primarily the refugee population. For this Project, we are working with partners such as RCB, Heart For Lebanon and Kingdom Partnership Network.