Reconstruction after the explosion in Beirut
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A catastrophe in the midst of the crisis: After the huge explosion in Lebanon, more than 300,000 people lost their homes. Help supports affected families from Beirut in rebuilding their houses and apartments with emergency repairs, building materials and professional help.
Beirut: A city in ruins
On the evening of August 4, Lebanon's capital was shaken by a devastating explosion. Around 6 p.m., a powerful detonation occurred in the port of Beirut, the blast wave of which could be felt 20 kilometers further on. At least 181 people died and over 6,000 people were injured. More than 300,000 people lost their homes and large parts of the city were destroyed.
The cause of the explosion was probably 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, which was stored in the city's port. The highly explosive substance is used to produce fertilizers and explosives. The ticking time bomb had been in the port's warehouses since 2014, after the ammonium nitrate was temporarily stored there after being confiscated from a Moldovan freighter.
Lebanon has been in a severe crisis for years. The economic effects of the corona pandemic have further aggravated the situation. Now the explosion in Beirut has also destroyed the national granary. Many people cannot even afford food, let alone the reconstruction of their homes.
Help provides support for reconstruction
Shortly after the explosion, we sent an emergency aid team to Beirut. Our team was shocked by the suffering and devastation in the city. Despite the great commitment, especially on the part of the young people, the population is urgently in need of help in rebuilding apartments and houses. In order to enable them to return as quickly as possible to a normal everyday life, we immediately started with the rehabilitation of housing.
Together with local partners, we are carrying out initial emergency repairs, providing building materials and providing expert advice. We always work according to our guiding principle of assistance towards self-reliance and strengthen the self-help capacities of those affected. Families with elderly or disabled family members receive special support so that they can return to a safe home.
Donors and Partners: ADH (Aktion Deutschland Hilft), Stiftung der Deutschen Lions, NAK-karitativ (Neuapostolische Kirche - karitativ e.V.), Arcenciel
Facts and Figures
- 300,000 people are currently unable to live in their homes because they have been severely damaged or completely destroyed. (08/2020)
- The explosion shook Beirut as badly as an earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale.
- The granary in the port stored 15,000 tons of grain - now there is nothing left.
- 430,000 Lebanese are unemployed - a total of 6.8 million people live in Lebanon. (05/2020)
- 45 % of the Lebanese population is considered poor. (08/2020)
- About 1.5 million Syrian refugees live in Lebanon. (02/2020)
- Help currently provides emergency repairs of living spaces.
- People who are able to carry out the construction work independently are supported with materials, windows, doors and tools.
- People with restraints, such as the elderly or people with disabilities, receive more intensive support in the repair of their living spaces according to their needs.
Lebanon: Donate for people in need
With your donation we can support affected families in Beirut in rebuilding their homes.
IBAN: DE47 3708 0040 0240 0030 00
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