India sending extra aid, humanitarian supplies to explosion-hit Lebanon

United Nations, August 11 

India is sending extra aid and humanitarian supplies, together with medicines and foodstuff, to Lebanon after a large explosion final week devastated elements of Beirut, killing greater than 160 folks and injuring 6,000 others.

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti provided deep condolences on behalf of the Government and other people of India to Lebanon on “this horrible human tragedy”.

“We are shocked by the lack of human lives and the widespread destruction this has brought about in Beirut. We pray for energy to households to beat their nice loss,” Tirumurti mentioned on Monday at a briefing on the humanitarian scenario in Lebanon.

Tirumurti mentioned India only recently despatched Lebanon important medical gadgets to fight COVID-19.

“We are immediately sending more relief and humanitarian material of medicines, foodstuff and other essential items to do whatever we can to alleviate the difficulties on the ground. We are discussing with the Government of Lebanon on how we can contribute further,” he mentioned.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres additionally paid condolences to the households and family members of a minimum of 160 individuals who had been killed, and wished a full restoration to about 6,000 others injured within the explosion on August 4, which despatched shockwaves throughout the bustling metropolis of Beirut, bursting? out home windows and shaking buildings.

Tirumurti recalled that he had paid an official go to to the “beautiful city of Beirut” final 12 months, and mentioned it’s tough for him to think about that this vibrant and bustling metropolis has been affected by the blast. “I admire the resilience of the people and the dedication of the rescue workers to cope with this tragedy,” he mentioned.

India has had historically shut and historic relations with Lebanon, together with by means of Indian peacekeepers within the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Tirumurti mentioned, including that “I would like to express our solidarity with Lebanon at this juncture.” Guterres mentioned nearly per week after the blast, many individuals stay lacking. Buildings had been broken for miles across the metropolis of Beirut after 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a extremely explosive chemical utilized in fertilisers, saved on the port for six years, reportedly brought about the explosion.

A aircraft carrying 20 tonnes of World Health Organisation well being provides landed in Beirut on Wednesday to cowl 1,000 trauma interventions and 1,000 surgical interventions for folks affected by accidents and burns on account of the blast.  

Further, inside hours of the blast, the Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon launched USD 9 million from the Lebanon Humanitarian Fund to handle fast wants. Last Friday, the Emergency Relief Coordinator launched an additional USD 6 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund.

UN General Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande mentioned the devastating influence of final week’s tragedy makes it crucial for the worldwide neighborhood to face beside the folks of Lebanon who’ve generously hosted 1000’s of refugees for years.

“We should reply by offering the mandatory humanitarian help to alleviate the fast struggling and to help the Lebanese folks as they embark on the highway to restoration. The wants are monumental and nice.” –PTI 

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