Union of Relief and Development Associations
The catastrophic explosion has destroyed the port and surrounding commercial centers, as well as killed and injured thousands of people. URDA teams in various Lebanese regions are helping to clear rubble and providing assistance to those affected in neighborhoods such as the areas of Rmeil, Achrafieh, Karantina, Al Jemaize, Martyrs Square, and Al-Basta area, as well as various other neighborhoods. 600 food parcels, 20,000 bottles of water, and 500 bread bundles were distributed in one day. Additionally, a tent was placed in martyrs' square and another tent in al-Jemaize area, as well as a second in Martyrs' Square for psychological support services. The URDA family extends its deepest condolences to the families of the victims who were killed and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. URDA also urges citizens to donate blood in medical centers and hospitals to help the injured all over Beirut.
Lebanese Red Cross
Lebanese Red Cross teams are on the ground responding to humanitarian needs. All 125 Lebanese Red Cross ambulances are responding to the site of the explosion, rescuing and transporting the critically wounded to hospitals. On site, the Lebanese Red Cross is performing search and rescue in addition to treating people suffering from injuries. Triage and first aid stations have been set up across the city and at the Beirut port to treat injuries. Many Lebanese people have lost their homes and essentials. In response, the Lebanese Red Cross is providing emergency shelter for 1,000 families and anticipates providing shelter for as many as 10,000 families in the coming months. Food, water, hygiene kits, masks, gloves and other essentials are being distributed to vulnerable families in need. To meet emotional support needs, trained team members are providing crisis counseling to the community. For family members that have been separated by this event, the Red Cross Restoring Family Links program is reconnecting families. As hospitals continue to be overwhelmed, the Lebanese Red Cross has 36 health centers and nine mobile medical units operating in all regions of the country. These medical services are provided to all people in need, free of charge.