Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) on Thursday said it has initiated an immediate response to the huge explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, and launched QR50mn fundraising for Beirut relief
Accordingly, a group from its representation mission in Lebanon accompanied colleagues from the Lebanese Red Cross on a field visit to gather information and assess the needs.
Under approval from the Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activities, QRCS launched a fundraising campaign titled 'Heart for Lebanon' to support the Lebanese people.
The disaster in Beirut resulted in dozens of casualties, overcrowded hospitals, destruction of the wheat stock, and a halt to life in whole districts.
To alleviate the impact on the people of Beirut, a total of QR50mn will be raised to provide relief, medical and food aid, emergency shelter and other forms of humanitarian support for the benefit of 300,000 affected people.
The relief plan involves the following phases:
* Immediate response: food aid, makeshift shelters and support of health facilities for the benefit of 55,000 people.
* Medium-term response: monthly food provisions, cash aid and restoration of damaged homes for the benefit of 25,000 people.
* Recovery and capacity-building: enhancement of health services, development of medical skills and raising awareness for the benefit of 300,000 people.
Everyone is invited to contribute to this humanitarian campaign by donating via the QRCS website (www.qrcs.org.qa), donor service
line (66666364) or home collector service (33998898).
On Wednesday, QRCS said it had activated its Disaster Management Center to outline an immediate humanitarian intervention plan in response to the huge explosion in Beirut.
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