The explosions that devastated the Beirut port area on August 4 have caused a humanitarian disaster with still disconcerting consequences, as warned by organizations working on the ground, working against the clock to mitigate the dire effects of the tragedy. in the lives of thousands of people.
“In just one minute, the world changed for the people of Beirut,” said Basma Tabaja, number two in the delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Almost half of the city suffered “significant damage” while “nearly 300,000 people lost their homes and belongings in an instant,” a statement said.
Local authorities raised the provisional death toll to over two hundred on Monday, while the number of injuries was in the thousands. Hopes of finding survivors in the rubble are waning and there are concerns about the impact on those who are still alive.
Three large hospitals were damaged or destroyed by the explosions. According to the ICRC, one of them is currently unable to admit new patients with a capacity of 8,000 admissions and 14,000 emergencies per year.