In the most senseless of disasters, dual explosions devastated the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Tuesday, August 4. Amidst the disbelief in the wake of a tragedy that - at time of writing - looks as if it could have been avoided, what we can do now is help the survivors of the Beirut explosions.
It appears that the explosions at the port of Beirut can be attributed to 2,750 tons of the highly reactive chemical ammonium nitrate, stored on site. Reports indicate the eruptions have killed at least 135 people, and injured 5000.
The disaster has also drawn international attention to the crisis in greater Lebanon.
The people of Lebanon are living through a severe economic crisis that's only been intensified by COVID-19. And now this.
Along with immediate medical needs, and damage to homes and properties, the destruction of the port will further inhibit access to food, basic necessities and medical supples.
What can we do to help? There are a number of organisations crowdfunding and working on ground, to which you can donate.
The Lebanese Red Cross
The Lebanese Red Cross is the Primary provider of ambulances in Lebanon, treating the wounded and running search and rescue efforts. You can donate here.
This non-profit organisation has set up a disaster relief after explosion in Beirut fund, in coordination with NGOs who need it. You can donate here.
Baytna Baytak has been providing free housing to healthcare workers during the coronavirus pandemic. And now, in co operation with Impact Lebanon, the charity is extending its efforts to shelter the more than 300,000 people displaced from their homes after the explosion. You can help by donating here.
Lebanese Food Bank
The Lebanese Food Bank will extend its current efforts to provide food and supplies for those directly effected by the explosions. They are taking donations here.
Ahla Fawda is a Lebanese based not-for-profit with focus on community development. In the wake of the explosions, the organisation has launched the Beirut Blast Relief fund to execute needed help. You can contribute here.