LEBANON – On Tuesday a seemingly normal day suddenly turned to tragedy. First smoke filled the sky in the port area of Beirut. As people began to take notice, an earth-shattering explosion erupted, producing a giant mushroom cloud.
People in neighboring nations could hear the intense blast, and it could be felt throughout much of Lebanon. As the dust settles, at least 157 people were killed and 5,000 injured. Officials estimate that approximately 300,000 residents are without homes as a result.
The source of the blast turned out to be 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at the port without proper safety measures, and for now, seems to be accidental in nature.
Nonetheless, the explosion has traumatized a nation that was already teetering on the brink of financial collapse. And the port through which most of their imported food entered the country has been decimated.
The people of Lebanon desperately need our help. Thankfully, because of your faithful support, Operation Blessing quickly reached out to a partner organization that works in the nation of Lebanon to help those suffering after the Beirut explosion. We will be sending much-needed assistance to victims. Follow this story for upcoming details.