ActionAid's Director for the region, Caroline McCausland, shares this update:
“Injured residents are flooding hospitals, pushing them past capacity, and the death toll is expected to rise as the clean-up operation gets under way.
“Huge stocks of food and medical supplies were destroyed, leaving Lebanon with a wheat reserve of just 20 days, meaning a food crisis is imminent. A quarter of a million people are estimated to have lost their homes so families will need alternative shelters and fast.
“ActionAid is on the ground in Lebanon working with local partners to support families already hit by Covid-19 with essential supplies like food, hygiene kits, masks and shelter. Half the population of Lebanon already lives below the poverty line and people have been struggling with a refugee crisis, collapsing economy, the pandemic - and now this.
“ActionAid’s priority in emergencies is always to ensure the safety of women and girls, who face the greatest dangers in the aftermath of any disaster.”
We will continue to share updates throughout ActionAid's response to this crisis. Thank you for your support - it means the world.