Victims of explosion in Beirut will need HI’s help
Scenes of devastation following a huge explosion in Beirut leave no doubt as to the immediate and urgent needs of the more than 4,000 people injured. Humanity & Inclusion’s expert team already based in the country is ready to help those in need.
Beirut, Lebanon- August 5: People wearing face masks walks past damaged cars after Tuesday's massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. The blast hit Lebanese capital on August 4, with over 80 people killed and some 4,000 injured. | © Mikhail Alaeddin / Sputnik /AFP PHOTO
HI’s Head of Mission, Caroline Duconseille, was on a roof terrace at the moment of the explosion:
HI’s offices in the Achrafieh quarter of Beirut 2km from the site of the explosion have been heavily damaged, as have the homes of several of our team. Fortunately none of our staff was seriously injured.
HI has a team of 98 staff in Lebanon as well as a network of partners, which will now be mobilized to bring our expertise and resources to those in need. Emergency evaluations conducted by HI in Beirut’s hospitals reveal that common injuries include complex fractures and amputations to extremities (fingers, toes). Many have already undergone surgery and will quickly need physiotherapy and mobility aids in order to begin their recovery.