UN launches $565 million appeal for Lebanon after Beirut blast
A statement released by the United Nations late on Friday said the money will "help the Lebanese people to move from immediate lifesaving relief towards reconstruction and recovery, including repair of the shattered economy in the longer term."
The explosion on August 4 has left over 300,000 people in Beirut – over 10 percent of the city's population – displaced.
"The scale of the loss from the Beirut explosion is so vast, it is likely every single person in Lebanon has been touched by this terrible event," UN Deputy Special Coordinator for the country, Najat Rochdi, was quoted as saying.
Rochdi urged the international community to support the people of Lebanon.
The UN said it will distribute hot meals to affected families and work to stabilise the national grain supply, after the country's only grain silo was destroyed in the port blast – believed to be a result of some 2,600 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored at a warehouse.
The fund will also go towards providing cash for shelter to families displaced from the blast, as well as repairwork where possible, the agency said.
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The health response branch of the appeal will focus on rehabilitating damaged facilities and providing trauma kits and essential medications.