The foreign office has announced that the UK has offered to immediately deploy a package of ’emergency support’ to Lebanon following the explosion at Beirut Port on Monday.
Since Monday’s blast, over 150 people have been reported injured, over 3000 reported injured and as many as 300,000 people have been made homeless. The blast was caused by 2700 Tonnes of Ammonium Nitrate which had been incorrectly stored in a warehouse at Beirut port; It is unknown what triggered the blast.
The government have announced that following a call between Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab, and Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, the UK has made a package of emergency humanitarian aid available to Lebanon.
The Uk has offered to ‘immediately deploy’ search and rescue experts with sniffer dogs to help anyone still lost in the blast. The UK will be providing specialised medical assistance to Lebanon; A funding package worth £5Million will be made available to help those made homeless by the blast.
In a statement yesterday, Dominic Raab said: “This was a devastating explosion which has caused enormous suffering and damage. The UK is a long-standing friend of Lebanon and the Lebanese people and will stand with them in their hour of need.
“We have offered immediate direct support including search and rescue, emergency medical assistance and up to £5m in humanitarian aid”