11-08-2020 | Latest News , Middle East , Health Care in Danger

Lebanon: Beirut reeling one week after explosion

One week after a devastating explosion ripped through Beirut, the city’s remaining hospitals are still full and hundreds of thousands of people need help to rebuild their lives.

Hopes of finding survivors amid the rubble are fading fast. At least 160 people are confirmed to have died in the explosion, while more than 6,000 were injured.

Three major hospitals were damaged or destroyed, one visited by the ICRC last week is unable to accept a single patient due to the damage. It would normally be able to treat up to 8,000 in-patients and 14,000 emergency cases per year.

“From one minute to the next, the world changed for people in Beirut,” said Basma Tabaja, deputy head of the ICRC’s delegation in Lebanon.

“Nearly half of the city received significant damage. Almost 300,000 people lost their homes and belongings in the blink of an eye.

“There is overwhelming grief for those lost, and those who survived now need enormous support. Many were left with life-changing injuries, and for others this blow on top of so many other crises is too much to handle alone.”

This catastrophe layers more misery on top of existing crises, including a deteriorating economic situation made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic and measures aimed at stemming its spread.

The damage at the port will have a huge impact on Lebanon and the region, as it is the pipeline for more than 80% of Lebanon’s imports. The price of food and other goods had already dramatically increased in the last 10 months with some goods rising by more than 90%, and there are fears of more rises now.

Red Cross response

In the immediate aftermath of the explosion on 4 August, the ICRC distributed medical supplies to 12 hospitals in and around Beirut. We are continuing to support these hospitals as well as our partner, the Lebanese Red Cross, to help address the myriad of urgent needs people are facing in Beirut.

Medicines and medical equipment are in short supply, while the psychological impact on those affected by the blast cannot be overlooked. We are providing mental health support to wounded people at Rafik Harari University Hospital and will provide physical rehabilitation to people hurt in the explosion as well.

The ICRC has begun delivering food parcels to a local organization supporting people left homeless. Around a quarter of a million people lost their homes, many others have seen their properties damaged.

ICRC teams are assessing damage to properties, along with the electricity and water infrastructure. Together with the Lebanese Red Cross we are also helping families to find missing loved ones.

To help meet the needs of people in Beirut the ICRC has launched an appeal for funds, as has the Lebanese Red Cross.

People who wish to donate can do so online via our website www.icrc.org/en/donate/lebanon. The ICRC estimates that the Red Cross will need 40 million EUR to cover the response until the end of the year.

We have spokespeople and operational colleagues available for interview from Beirut.

For more information and to arrange interviews please contact:

Rona Halabi, ICRC Lebanon spokesperson, ralhalabi@icrc.org  +961 70 153 928

Ruth Hetherington, ICRC Middle East spokesperson, Geneva, rhetherington@icrc.org  +41794473726

SHOTLIST

Locations: Karantina Neighborhood, Mar Mikhayel Neighborhood, Beirut, Lebanon.

Length: 02:08

Format: HD, mp4, 166 MB

Camera: Canon EOS70D /18-135mm.

Filming date: 10-08-2020

On-screen credit: ICRC

Videography & Editing: Charbel Barakat

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10 aug interviews and B-roll.mp4

 

B-Roll

 

00:00

Damaged building, Karantina Neighborhood, Beirut, Lebanon, 10 August 2020.

 

00:05

Motorcycle passing by damaged buildings, Karantina Neighborhood, Beirut, Lebanon, 10 August 2020.

 

00:09

People outside danger zone of the damaged buildings, Karantina Neighborhood, Beirut, Lebanon, 10 August 2020.

 

00:16

Damaged building, Karantina Neighborhood, Beirut, Lebanon, 10 August 2020.

 

00:22

Close up view of the damaged buildings, Karantina Neighborhood, Beirut, Lebanon, 10 August 2020.

 

00:29

Book pages flipping in the wind on a damaged balcony, Karantina Neighborhood, Beirut, Lebanon, 10 August 2020.

 

00:34

Large shot of old damaged buildings, Karantina Neighborhood, Beirut, Lebanon, 10 August 2020.

 

00:39

“Danger, do not enter” sprayed on the walls of one of the damaged buildings, Karantina Neighborhood, Beirut, Lebanon, 10 August 2020.

 

00:48

“Do not enter risk of collapse” on one of the damaged buildings, Karantina Neighborhood, Beirut, Lebanon, 10 August 2020.

 

00:54

Basket on one of the balconies, Karantina Neighborhood, Beirut, Lebanon, 10 August 2020.

 

00:59

Kid with a donation box passing by “do not enter” sign sprayed on the walls of one of the damaged buildings, Karantina Neighborhood, Beirut, Lebanon, 10 August 2020.

 

 

LOGLIST

Soundbite_A: [ Maria Satamian ], Former resident of the Karantina Neighborhood, Beirut, Lebanon, 10 August 2020.

 

01:04 

“When the blast happened, I came running to the neighborhood to check on my neighbors and family”

 

01:13

“My brother was hospitalized, we didn’t know which hospital he was moved to, he was injured in Burj Hammoud area by shattered glass and debris”

 

01:22

“No one can compensate loss of lives, people gone missing and mothers’ sorrow. I don’t know what to say! The pain is unbearable.”

 

 

Soundbite_B: [ Antoine Akoury ], Barber at the Mar Mikhayel Neighborhood, Beirut, Lebanon, 10 August 2020.

 

01:38

“The chairs and wood has been damaged, it’s fine, I’m better than others, who are in intensive care at hospitals, or dead!.”

 

01:50

“Honestly, I installed plastic -on the windows-, because I cannot afford buying glass”

 

01:55

“I’ve been in debt for a while. So have been most of the Lebanese people.”

 

02:08

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