Lebanon: Beirut Port Explosions - Aug 2020

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Ongoing
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OT-2020-000177-LBN

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On 4 August, a warehouse at the Beirut Port exploded, causing widespread casualties and material damage. National and international search and rescue teams and disaster management experts have been dispatched to support ongoing emergency efforts. Initial reports indicate more than 135 people were killed, and an additional 5,000 people were injured. Scores more remain missing. Widespread structural damage was reported at the port and surrounding commercial and residential neighborhoods. Multiple health facilities sustained damages. Hospitals have been overwhelmed with casualties, with many intensive care units (ICUs) already near capacity due to COVID-19. The Government of Lebanon estimates that the explosions have left more than 300,000 people homeless in the Greater Beirut area. The United Nations is mobilizing assistance to support the ongoing government-led emergency response. (OCHA, 5 Aug 2020)

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