New York (UNA-OIC) – The United Nations and aid partners are seeking $565 million to address the overwhelming needs in Lebanon following the deadly explosions that flattened large areas of the capital, Beirut, on August 4.
The appeal launched on 14 August will help the Lebanese people to move from immediate lifesaving relief towards reconstruction and recovery, including repair of the shattered economy in the longer term.
“The scale of the loss from the Beirut explosions is so vast, it is likely every single person in Lebanon has been touched by this terrible event,” said Najat Rochdi, the UN Deputy Special Coordinator for the country, who is also the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator there.
Nearly 180 people were killed and more than 6,000 injured in the blasts, which destroyed most of Beirut’s port and surrounding neighborhoods. Thousands are now homeless.
The explosions damaged six hospitals, 20 health clinics and 120 schools, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
The $565 million appeal targets four areas: food security, health, shelter and education, according to the UN News.
“I urge the international community to demonstrate their steadfast commitment to the people of Lebanon and repay in turn Lebanon’s incredible generosity to Syrian and Palestine refugees with full financial support for this appeal,” said Ms. Rochdi.