How does the explosion in Beirut’s port affect food imports?
The explosion in the port will interrupt the importation of food and others goods, as well as the delivery of shipments of humanitarian aid to Lebanon and neighbouring countries such as Syria.
Beirut port was the point of entry for more than 80 per cent of Beirut’s imports and the current alternative, namely the port of Tripoli, has a handling capacity of only 10 per cent of that which was available in Beirut port.
Far from being confined solely to the port area, the impact of the explosion extended to the whole of Beirut which covers an area of 19.8 km2.
Nothing was left
More than 160 dead
including 100,000 children without shelter
in addition to missing persons
Lebanon will continue to suffer from the consequences of the explosion for a long time. Quite apart from the loss of life and the thousands injured, people have lost their homes and their jobs and basic services such as water and electricity supply have been impacted.
Hospitals that were already overwhelmed by the Coronavirus pandemic have been damaged and we found first aid workers performing triages in vehicle waiting areas.
Over 6,000 people were injured in the Beirut explosion.
How can you treat them when your hospital was also destroyed? pic.twitter.com/7EvRSBIZM0
— ICRC (@ICRC) August 11, 2020
One of the hospitals that we visited on 6 August had been totally wrecked and was unable to treat any casualties at all. This was a hospital that had been admitting more than 8,000 patients and 14,000 emergency cases in a single year!
We are responding with all our resources to the consequences of the explosion.
Within minutes after the horrific explosion, Lebanese Red Cross teams rushed to the scene of the incident to treat casualties and provide assistance.
Beirut Port Explosion: 10 teams from the Lebanese Red Cross are evacuation intensive care patients from St. Georges Hospital in Beirut pic.twitter.com/WVbPjLANho
— Lebanese Red Cross (@RedCrossLebanon) August 4, 2020
We have assisted more than 12 hospitals in and around Beirut to which we are supplying wheelchairs, crutches and other requisites and we are continuing to monitor, assess and respond to needs.
In the light of our initial assessment to date, we expect that the Red Cross will require about 40 million euros this year in order to meet urgent needs.
Latent consequences of the explosion
Although this was not a wartime occurrence, its far-reaching consequences for the mental health of the Lebanese resemble those ensuing from wars
The impact will be long-lasting and will necessitate the provision of psychological support and tender care for the victims.
Loved ones lost.
A city devastated.
Beirut is still reeling a week after the explosion: https://t.co/BnMnlEK44R pic.twitter.com/6czL4RZn2s
— ICRC (@ICRC) August 11, 2020
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Source : Icrc