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Baitulmaal is providing emergency aid to people affected by the August 4 explosion amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

BEIRUT, August 5, 2020 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based humanitarian organization, is mobilizing resources in Lebanon to provide emergency aid in response to the explosion yesterday that killed at least 100 people, injured more than 4,000 people, collapsed nearby buildings and shattered glass within 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

According to CNN, Lebanon’s Health Minister Hamad Hassan said injuries from the explosion are placing additional strain on the country’s healthcare system because “it has already been struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Baitulmaal representatives said they are sending medical aid and food assistance because the explosion is also worsening the already dire hunger problem in Lebanon.

“The destruction of the ports will prevent essential food and grain from being imported, and we’re getting reports of people unable to get money from their bank accounts,” said Elizabeth Sohail, program manager at Baitulmaal. “We’re working with our resources on the ground to move food and medicine to people who urgently need it and will continue assessing additional needs as this crisis unfolds.”

For more information about Baitulmaal or to contribute to its Lebanon Emergency Relief fund, please visit https://baitulmaal.org/help4lebanon.

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, the charity has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and New Jersey as well as international offices in Jordan, Kenya, Somalia and Pakistan.

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WARNING: Video of explosion might be disturbing for some viewers.