Unicef ​​estimates that about 100 children were affected by the explosion in Beirut

Unicef ​​estimated on Sunday that about 100 children were affected by the explosions in Beirut on Tuesday, despite the figures still being "confused", and warned of the urgency to help alleviate the victims' most immediate needs.

The explosions affected, among others, hospitals that suffered serious damage, health centers and about 120 schools, in addition to the health supplies that were stored near the Lebanese capital in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic.

The director of Communication and Private Alliances at Unicef, a United Nations agency, the Spanish Raquel Fernández, said in a video statement that among the 100 children affected are the fatal and injured victims, but also those who lost their homes or who did not. find the family in the middle of the "chaos".

According to Raquel Fernández, these children are feeling “the trauma of the lived horror”, in addition to the situation of economic crisis and the covid-19 pandemic that was going through the country before the explosion, and, therefore, defended that the need protecting children at these times is urgent.

According to this Unicef ​​spokeswoman, at the moment, the priorities are centered on the purchase of health supplies and hygiene and water kits, and on the support of the youth program through which young volunteers help to clean streets and houses, and preparing and distributing food to the most vulnerable families.

Gathering children separated from their families, providing psychosocial support, rehabilitating schools and health centers are also other priorities highlighted by Unicef.

“These are very urgent, immediate and very serious needs. Unicef ​​needs help, it needs funds. Our initial needs are over eight million dollars and, as always, we are very grateful to all those who can and want to support ”, appealed Raquel Fernández.

Unicef ​​works, from day one, with local authorities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other “allies” in the field.

Raquel Fernández gives examples of how to help and, among others, mentions the transport of medicines and vaccines that were in a warehouse near the port of Beirut, and that were taken to a safer one, and the youth support and child protection program that provides psychosocial support to affected children.

The explosions that hit Beirut on Tuesday left at least 154 people dead and about 300 injured, according to the latest assessment by Lebanese authorities. Up to XNUMX people are said to have been homeless due to the explosions, said Lebanese capital governor Marwan Abboud.

The violent explosions must have originated from explosive materials confiscated and stored for several years in the port of the Lebanese capital. Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab revealed that about 2.750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate was stored in the exploding Beirut port depot.

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