UNHCR, the UN Refugee Company, is saddened to report that the checklist of greater than 200 fatalities of the lethal and damaging explosion which rocked Beirut on four August additionally consists of no less than 34 reported refugee victims thus far.
Our groups on the bottom are nonetheless verifying the stories and we worry that the demise toll amongst Beirut’s refugee inhabitants of some 200,000 might rise additional. Seven refugees are nonetheless lacking. One other 124 refugees have been damage within the blast, 20 of them struggling critical accidents.
We proceed to work with the rescue groups and different humanitarian companions to establish the victims and are extending assist to the households who've misplaced their family members. This consists of counseling, emergency money and assist with burial preparations.
This explosion affected everybody, no matter nationality or standing. Our rapid humanitarian response to the tragic blast covers the complete group – together with Lebanese, refugees and migrant staff. It focuses on essentially the most susceptible locally and on two main areas – shelter and safety.
As a part of the inter-agency humanitarian enchantment, UNHCR is mobilizing US$12 million for its emergency response to the hardest-hit and most susceptible households in Beirut. This package deal consists of US$9.6 million for shelter interventions and US$2.44 million for defense actions for the following three months.
Along with different humanitarian companions, we're working carefully with the individuals of Beirut and the related departments to evaluate the damages and establish the perfect and most significant methods to assist. UNHCR’s help stockpile within the nation has not been affected and it consists of shelter kits, blankets, plastic sheeting, mattresses, rub halls and several other different essential gadgets which have been made accessible to the Lebanese Purple Cross and different companions on the bottom.
An preliminary door-to-door evaluation is underway in essentially the most closely impacted neighbourhoods and particular person distributions of help to recognized individuals started already on Sunday, 9 August. First estimates point out that as much as 10,000 susceptible households are more likely to have been severely affected by the blast and are in want of pressing assist.
Our precedence is to establish and get help to these in want of 'emergency weatherproofing.' This can assist to safe entrances and home windows, and supply some degree of safety from the weather, security and safety, and restore individuals’s privateness and dignity. Affected individuals displaced outdoors the Beirut space may even be focused with help.
Multi-purpose money stays the simplest choice to supply rapid reduction and to assist fast restore and reconstruction wants. It should additionally assist with getting meals and masking fundamental wants and well being prices. Within the medium-term, minor restore, rehabilitation and ‘widespread space' enhancements will comply with.
In the meantime, our safety efforts construct on our present group engagement and mobilization, together with referrals, psychological first help, group messaging, and supporting group solidarity initiatives. Folks have actually been on the forefront of the response and we are going to assist their efforts straight.
We'll additional develop our work with civil society to establish new group buildings and initiatives, to boost communication, assist identification of susceptible households or people, allow referrals and response. Psychological Well being and Psychological Assist and Psychological First Assist (PFA)are essential areas of our interventions within the present emergency response as many suffered trauma and lack of family members.
UNHCR-managed group teams and outreach volunteers, and companions are already educated on PFA and might be strengthened to supply psychological assist and hyperlink individuals to group networks. UNHCR stresses the necessity for steadfast and well timed worldwide assist for individuals of Beirut and Lebanon who've been beneficiant hosts to refugees for years, by the difficult instances of financial hardship and COVID-19 pandemic.
For extra data on this matter, please contact:
- In Beirut, Lisa Abou Khaled, [email protected], +961 71 880 070
- In Amman, Rula Amin, [email protected], +962 790 04 58 49
- In Amman, Andreas Kirchhof, [email protected], +962 791 825 473
- In Geneva, Andrej Mahecic, [email protected], +41 79 642 97 09
- In New York, Kathryn Mahoney, [email protected], +1 347 443 7646