Devastation in Beirut

Our hearts are with all those affected by the tragic explosion in Beirut.

As well as the heartbreaking loss of life, thousands of people have been injured and parts of the city flattened leaving up to 300,000 people homeless.

Lebanon was already at breaking point, economic and housing challenges exacerbated by the challenge of COVID-19. The World Bank predicted that 2020 would see the % of Lebanon’s population living below the poverty line grow from 30% to 50%.

For nearly 20 years Habitat Lebanon has served vulnerable people through shelter. In response to the Syrian refugee crisis, which swelled refugee numbers in Lebanon to 20% of its population, Habitat scaled up its programming to improve the living conditions of both refugee families and host communities.

Our team on the ground is working with partners to assess the damage, our response will focus on the housing needs of the most vulnerable.

Our team on the ground is reviewing the best way to help but it is clear that urgent support is needed. Whatever you can afford will make a huge difference.

Habitat’s Lebanon representative Lubna is in Beirut, sending photos & videos from the ground

 

  • The government estimates that 40,000 households have been damaged and might require demolition. At least 150,000 windows need to be installed.

     

  • Authorities estimate that initial property damage is as high as $10-15 billion.

     

  • UNICEF estimates that 80,000 children are displaced

     

  • There is a shortage of aluminum and glass. Local currency devaluation complicates importing additional resources.

Amal’s Story

Amal and her family were displaced from the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria when the war intensified. Her husband had to stay in Syria to care for his brother who was severely injured by shrapnel.

Amal travelled alone with her four children and lived in appalling conditions in Lebanon. 

“We didn’t have any hot water. I couldn’t find anything else for us. We lived that way for 4 years. Thank God, it’s much better now.”