ACTNews, JAKARTA – Aksi Cepat Tanggap is preparing to send humanitarian aid to the victims of the explosion in the Lebanese capital of Beirut. Andi Noor Faradiba of Global Humanity Response – Aksi Cepat Tanggap explained that humanitarian assistance will be maximized for the affected residents considering the scale of the explosion that occurred on Tuesday (8/4).
"The explosion that happened in Beirut left the city in ruins. Tens of people died, and thousands were injured. The international community is saddened by this incident. Insha Allah, ACT will send humanitarian assistance, including food aid, to residents of Beirut, "explained Faradiba, Wednesday (8/5).
As reported by Reuters, the explosion in Beirut, - as of Wednesday (8/5) at 11 a.m. Jakarta Time - killed 78 people and injured more than 4,000, the number is expected to increase. Thousands of buildings around the site were destroyed, including St. George Hospital in Central Beirut.
President Michel Aoun said that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, used in fertilisers and bombs, had been stored for six years at the port without safety measures, and he said that was “unacceptable”, as reported by Reuters.
The United States Geological Survey, stated that, based on the data they collected, the explosion in Beirut was so powerful that it created a seismic wave similar to a magnitude 3.3 earthquake.
The explosion in Beirut stirred the memory of the 1975-1990 civil war and other explosions that hit the country. For years, Lebanon has been facing multiple crises and civil war.
Faradiba added that the support from Indonesia to the Lebanese in Beirut that are affected by the explosion can be delivered as soon as possible. "Please pray that our endeavor to deliver aid trusted by the Indonesians for the citizens of Beirut can run smoothly," she said.