A powerful explosion shook Beirut yesterday, leaving thousands injured and at the time of publishing, at least 100 people killed. The explosion took place in the Lebanese capital’s port area, and the nation’s president has said that almost 3,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate—a highly explosive chemical—were detonated, causing the devastating blast.
But there’s still a lot of uncertainty in the air. In a speech, Hassan Diab, the Lebanese Prime Minister, confirmed that the cause of the blast remains unknown, but that those responsible would “pay the price”.
Regardless of how the explosion started, the number of injuries and displaced people caused by the blast has left Beirut’s residents in dire need of help. An Instagram page, which has already garnered over 40,000 followers, has been created in attempt to locate people who have gone missing during and after the explosions.
According to reports, hospitals in the area are overcrowded, and the Lebanese Red Cross have made an urgent call for blood donations of all types. With the ongoing pandemic taken into consideration, and Lebanon’s dire economic state, and now, the explosion, it’s even more imperative to support the Lebanese population right now.
Wondering how to help the Lebanese explosion? Whether you’re on the ground or abroad, this is what you can do.
Donate to Impact Lebanon’s Disaster Relief Fund
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*Clarification: we are not affiliated with or fundraising in the name of the Lebanese Red Cross. We are raising funds for a number of NGOs whose needs we are currently assessing with the support of @3qahub. We are inspired by the work of the Lebanese Red Cross and are donating the first £100,000 to support their work.* We are all in shock witnessing the massive explosion that happened at the port of Beirut on 4 August 2020. The extent of the damages is devastating. Our people in Lebanon have been suffering through a difficult financial crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. – We are calling on the world, our friends, our fellow Lebanese in the diaspora to donate to help us provide disaster relief. We are reaching out to the Lebanese Red Cross and various NGOs who will need our help and we will update the page providing exact details on how your money will be spent. We will be diligent in making the donations and will be able to provide more clarity as soon as possible. *UPDATE: The first set of donations will go to the Lebanese Red Cross by direct bank transfer tomorrow. – Link in bio to donate. – #impactlebanon #lebanesediaspora #diaspora #connecting #lebanon #impact #fundraising #beirutexplosion #prayforbeirut #relief
Call a Careem Ride for Victims or to Donate Blood
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URGENT All blood types needed in all hospitals and blood donation centers in Beirut. Use promocode DONATEBLOOD for a free ride to and from the hospital or the blood donation centers. Here is a list of all the Red Cross donation centers nearby you can donate in: – Spears – Gemmayze – Antelias – Jounieh