On Tuesday, August 4, two massive explosions rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut. They took place in the city’s port area, causing widespread damage, claiming many lives and injuring hundreds at the time of writing. Video footage posted on social media shows many wounded residents staggering through the streets, screaming, and taking cover.
In a statement given to local media, the Lebanese Red Cross official Georges Kettaneh said that the injured have been taken to the area hospitals, however, the exact figure of casualties cannot be determined as many people many remain trapped in homes damaged by the explosion. Lebanese broadcaster LBCI quoted Beirut’s Hôtel-Dieu de France hospital as saying that it was treating more than 500 injuries, reaching its capacity.
A city that has been going through a worsening economic crisis and its people need all the help they can possibly get at this time — not only from the Middle East but also from the rest of the world. Here are all the ways you can help:
The Lebanese Red Cross has issued an urgent call for blood donations from all blood types. If you are in Lebanon, safe and sound, consider donating to the following blood transfusion centers.
Careem in Lebanon is also offering free rides to and from donation centers which can be availed using the promocode DONATEBLOOD.
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URGENT All blood types needed in all hospitals and blood donation centers in Beirut. Use promocode DONATEBLOOD for a free ride to and from the hospital or the blood donation centers. Here is a list of all the Red Cross donation centers nearby you can donate in: – Spears – Gemmayze – Antelias – Jounieh
Donate to disaster relief funds
Now more than ever, the people of Beirut need financial aid to treat themselves and repair the damages caused by the explosion in order to put their lives back together. Impact Lebanon is one such initiative that has issued a call for donations that will help the Lebanese Red Cross and other NGOs.
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We are overwhelmed with the support Lebanon is receiving in response to yesterday’s events. We will be updating our Instagram and Newsletter in the upcoming days with constant updates regarding the current fundraiser. Transparency is our most important value. *Disclaimer: we are not affiliated with the Lebanese Red Cross however will be donated the first £100,000 to them while we assess the needs of other NGOs in Lebanon in order to distribute the donations effectively.
Help locate victims
Soon after the incident, an Instagram account dedicated to finding the victims was created. The account owners have been posting photos of likely victims of the explosion who have been separated from their friends and family, and encourage everyone to share the posts to help them reunite.
Check back for more updates and other ways to help.