HEKS/EPER doubles emergency aid to 600'000 francs
Given the dire situation facing the people of Beirut, HEKS/EPER is doubling its emergency aid for victims of the disaster to 600,000 francs in total.
The full extent of the destruction caused by the explosion of 2500 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored improperly in a warehouse at the port of Beirut is becoming clearer with each passing day. The number of deaths has now risen to at least 171 and over 6000 people were injured, some of them seriously. Thousands of houses and apartment buildings were destroyed or badly damaged by the force of the blast. In an instant, over 300,000 people were left homeless.