Lebanon Emergency Response

Beirut explosion death toll rises to 135 and thousands left homeless


A large blast in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, has killed at least 135 people and injured more than 4,000 others, according to the Lebanese Red Cross. Many more are feared dead and 300,000 are now left homeless.

The port of Beirut, Lebanon's largest source of imports, has been devastated. This is likely to have dire consequences for food and supply imports at a time when Lebanon already faces the challenges of an ongoing economic crisis and COVID-19 outbreak.

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