Around 80,000 children were evicted from their homes as a result of the explosions in the port of the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday, in which at least 137 dead and more than 5,000 were injured United Nations for Children (UNICEF).
“For the past 24 hours, UNICEF has been in close and constant coordination with local authorities and partners to respond to the urgent needs of affected families and to focus on the health, water and well-being of children.” said Violet Speek-Warnery, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Lebanon.
For example, the agency has pointed to the presence of information suggesting that there are children separated from their relatives after the disaster, while some are still among the nearly one hundred who have disappeared in the explosions.
UNICEF added that at least twelve health centers were damaged, affecting around 12,000 people. Among the facilities affected is a children’s hospital in the Karatina region where a newborn died.