UNICEF in race against time to help children caught in tragic circumstances caused by the Beirut explosion

Tragedies always leave a trail of woe of innocents. The enormous explosion that shook the port of Beirut in The Lebanon last Tuesday has left the equivalent of the whole of the population of Malta homeless, including many thousands of children. UNICEF has started work to help the children caught in these tragic circumstances.

“The air is suffused with dust, and there are concerns that this may be toxic especially for children.”

It is estimated that 100,000 children have ended up without a roof over their heads, as well as many injured as a result of the devastating explosion. Residences that avoided damages or destruction have remained without essential services, particularly electricity and water while a hospital caring for newborn children was totally destroyed. In the light of the tragedy, UNICEF, the United Nations’ organisation for the welfare of children, has started a race against time to provide First Aid for injured children and those left without a residence.

”Sixteen other primary healthcare centres serving some 160,000 people have sustained some damage. Ten containers of personal protective equipment, including hundreds of thousands of gloves, gowns, masks that were just procured by the Ministry of Public health for the COVID response were destroyed.”

The tragedy has placed The Lebanon in a grip of further suffering as it has been gripped between a weak economy and the pandemic. Yesterday demonstrators and Police clashed with the demonstrators accusing the country of negligence that caused a stockpile of 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate to explode and virtually destroy Beirut. The Police had to resort to teargas to disperse the demonstrators.

Meanwhile, the search is ongoing for the recovery of more bodies trapped under the debris and reported as missing. The number of victims has now reach 150 while 5.000 others have been injured and 300,000 others without a roof over their head.

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