Lebanon: Emergency Response to the Port Explosion in Lebanon-RRF06/2020

The Government of Lebanon declared a two-week state of emergency in Beirut after the Port explosion on August 4,2020. While Lebanon is already struggling from the financial crisis, economic contractions and the USD devaluation, and hosting large number of refugees, this explosion came to deepen the crises and put extra pressure on both the Lebanese population, the Lebanese government, and the refugee communities.

The explosion at Beirut Port caused widespread damage reaching more than 20 km from the port area.  Official reports estimate that more than 250 people were killed, around a 100 still missing, over 5,000 injured, and more than 300,000 people left homeless in the Greater Beirut area/Mount Lebanon.

RRF06- Beirut Explosion