Beirut. Malteser International has released an initial 100,000 euros to the relief efforts in Lebanon following the deadly blast that occurred across the capital city of Beirut on Tuesday evening. Malteser International is working closely with the Lebanese Association of the Knights of Malta to provide relief to those affected: Two mobile medical units from across the country have being mobilized towards Beirut to treat casualties. “The funds will be used to purchase protective gear for responders as well as essential supplies such as plaster, splints and bandages which will be used to treat fractures and burns that cannot be attended to in the overwhelmed hospitals”, said Clemens Mirbach, Malteser International’s Country Coordinator for Lebanon.
Some 200 volunteers from the Order of Malta are also helping to care for the most vulnerable survivors, clearing rubble and making homes habitable again. “A group of five volunteers can clean up around three apartments a day,” said Mirbach. “This is a meaningful contribution for the hundreds of thousands who are facing homelessness. Our message to the people is clear: You are not alone, we are with you!”
The explosion devastated entire neighborhoods, killed over 100 people and left over 200,000 without homes. "People now urgently need shelter, emergency supplies, food, and psychosocial support," said Raymond Tarabay, Partner Coordinator for Malteser International in Lebanon.
Malteser International has been working in cooperation with the Lebanese Association of the Knights of Malta since 2014, providing medical care for Syrian refugees and vulnerable host communities.
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Malteser International is urgently appealing for funds to provide life-saving assistance!