Beirut Update

Building Damage

The 4th August Beirut Explosion caused at least 190 deaths with 6,500 injuries and  billions in property damage.

With DAA being unable to travel we provided advice and support to Disaster Aid Europe DART, Stuart Amesbury, who travelled to Beirut to assess the situation

During his four day visit Stuart met with Rotarians and Rotaractors, staff from hospitals, the Country Director of Medair, as well as residents of Beirut.

Upon his return Stuart’s summarised the situation as follows:

Hospital Damage

Since the blast, the situation for more than 300,000 is at breaking point.

There is a great need for immediate, as well as long term assistance, with various projects and local agencies requiring support now and in the future. 

Due to the long term consequences of this disaster and the winter months coming, it is felt there will be a need for a long term project based on  requirements identified by on ground Rotarians and Rotaractors.

Rotarians and Rotarators have combined to form the Rotary Beirut Crisis Committee

In addition to Disaster Aid Europe’s support :

  • Disaster Aid Australia have been running an appeal and we are planning to send SkyHydrants to provide safe water for hospitals.
  • Disaster Aid Canada has also indicated they will be supporting the response with Sawyer filters and solar lighting.
  • Disaster Aid UK & Ireland have commenced an appeal.
Rotaractors assembling care packages.

To find out more there is a Facebook live event on September 5th which we encourage all Rotarians to watch. . . Details are below

 Rotaract Mediterranean live event in support of Beirut Stay Strong

https://www.facebook.com/events/331862051340576

The live event will take place over Facebook Live on Saturday 5th of September from 4.00pm  Central European Summer Time (Midnight Melbourne Time)

 

Donation to Appeal

Please Donate Today to ensure as many people as possible have access to Medical Help and and Shelter.

Choose your donation amount to help the people of Beirut.

Charity donations of $2 or more to Disaster Aid Australia are tax-deductible in Australia.

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