The “historically powerful” blast in Beirut that changed lives forever
Written by: Esha D
Date: October 2020
On August 4, 2020, a blast, considered to be one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history, destroyed parts of Beirut, Lebanon, and changed lives forever. For perspective, at least 200 people were killed, 5,000 injured, left US $15 billion in property damages, and an estimated 300,000 people homeless. The explosion was at around one-twentieth of the size of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.
Now, viral videos posted on social media precisely showed the moment a large amount of ammonium nitrate stored at the port exploded. With Beirut already in an economic crisis, the explosion did the city no good. Now, the city’s economic crisis worsens, with shortages, financial collapse, and so much more that is yet to happen.
The city has catapulted into social unrest after the government's resignation, with many people viewing the deadly explosion as the result of years of corruption and mismanagement.
Here’s how you can help the country recover:
The Lebanese Red Cross has provided ambulances, along with staff and first responders to help the most vulnerable affected by the explosion. Donate here.
The aftermath of explosions like this is long-lasting. For days, weeks, and months, people can be left struggling to access food and safety. The Lebanese Food Bank works to ensure they have food and the help they need.
Spread the word. It’s one of the best and most effective ways of reaching out and getting everyone to do their part in times of crisis.
We are all living in difficult times. We have each been impacted and influenced in different ways and on different levels. The only way to get back up is to help each other. Let’s show some support for the victims of this deadly disaster.