Caritas Australia has provided an initial $50,000 in crucial emergency relief as part of its Middle East Regional Appeal.
Caritas Australia chief executive Kirsty Robertson said Lebanon is “reeling from the effects of the explosion in Beirut” on August 4.
“Caritas Lebanon is already on the ground working to assist the most vulnerable - a huge undertaking with the sheer scale of people impacted. The most urgent needs are food, health and shelter.”
Ms Robertson said hygiene kits, already needed in response to COVID-19, were necessary to protect people from the toxicity dispersed into the air from the ammonium nitrate blast. Medications and materials for clean-up and renovation were also critical.
“The situation is dire. Caritas Lebanon has told us that hundreds of thousands of families were affected, many of whom have slept in shattered homes and in the streets during a deadly pandemic. The economy is in free fall and parts of Beirut are uninhabitable,” she said.
“Through its in-country staff and partners in Lebanon, the wider Caritas network is working to deliver emergency food and water, hygiene kits including masks and soap, material for shelter repairs and the clean-up of debris and medication and other health services.”
“We pray for the people of Beirut, wider Lebanon and the Lebanese community here in Australia at this time of enormous heartbreak and loss,” Ms Robertson said.
Donations: Caritas Australia’s Middle East Regional Appeal or call 1800 024 413.
Caritas Australia provides support for Beirut following devastating explosion (Caritas Australia)