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Started on 5th August 2020 London, England, United Kingdom

A huge explosion in the Lebanese capital has devastated communities within a 10km radius. 

The circumstances of the explosion are not yet known, but Save the Children teams on the ground reported entire streets wiped out, with children unaccounted for as rescue teams work through destroyed buildings to get people out of the rubble.

Residential and commercial buildings have been shattered in what is being described as the biggest explosion in Lebanon's recent history.

Hospitals in Beirut are reporting that they are unable to treat further casualties as hundreds of beds immediately filled up following the blast. 

A further hospital in the capital has been completely decimated. The military have deployed to rescue those caught in the wreckage, with medical personnel treating casualties on the streets.

Save the Children confirms that its offices in Beirut, around five kilometres from the harbour, were badly damaged in the explosion, which shook the building and destroyed shop fronts in the neighbourhood. 

Our rapid response team stand by prepared to support the government in their efforts in the coming days.

One of the Save The Children staff members, Nour Wahid, who lives 10 minutes away, said: “At first, the building started to shake- I thought it was an earthquake. Five of my nieces and nephews were out on the balcony playing when the blast went off. 

"They started to scream and run as the windows collapsed around them; they were all wounded. Hospitals told us they couldn’t take them in because they were prioritising serious injuries.”

Jad Sakr, Save the Children’s Country Director in Lebanon, said: "We are shocked and devastated by the explosion today. 

"The death toll may not be known for several days but what we do know is that in a disaster like this, children may be hurt, shocked and separated from their parents. 

"Our Child Protection teams are ready to support the government’s efforts which will almost certainly go on for several days to come. 

"It is vital that children and their families get access to the services they urgently need, including medical care and physical and emotional protection.

"The incident could not have occurred at a worst time and has hit communities who were already suffering from the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and the economic deterioration. 

"Beirut’s main port, now completely damaged, is vital for much of the food, grains and fuel that Lebanon imports, and families will immediately feel the shortage in basic needs as a result of this tragedy."

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Desmond commented

This is a huge tragedy for Beirut, I hope the world comes together to support you at this terrible time

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