People walking next to a house that was damaged in the Karantina area near the explosion in Beirut Port | Photo: EPA/NABIL MOUNZER
People walking next to a house that was damaged in the Karantina area near the explosion in Beirut Port | Photo: EPA/NABIL MOUNZER

UNHCR said Tuesday that 34 refugees were among the over 200 people killed in the August 4 explosion in Beirut and that 7 others are still missing.

There were at least 34 refugees among the over 200 killed in the August 4 explosion in Beirut, the UN's refugee agency UNHCR said Tuesday. 

A statement issued by the agency's Geneva office noted that its teams were on the ground looking into reports and that seven refugees were still missing. Another 124 were injured, 20 of whom seriously. 

"We continue to work with the rescue teams and other humanitarian partners to identify the victims and are extending support to the families who have lost their loved ones. This includes counseling, emergency cash and help with burial arrangements", said Babar Baloch, UNHCR Spokesperson in Geneva. 

Protection to the most vulnerable 

The main mission of the UNHCR is to provide lodging and protection to the most vulnerable, whether they are Lebanese, refugees or migrants. 

As part of an inter-agency appeal, the UNHCR is mobilising 12 million dollars for the emergency. 

The aid package includes 9.6 million dollars for lodging and 2.44 million for protection activities for the coming three months. These funds are expected to help about 10,000 families severely affected by the explosion. 

UNHCR stocks in Lebanon 

The organization noted that it was working in close contact with the Beirut population and departments in charge to assess the damage and understand how best to help most effectively. 

UNHCR stocks in the country were not affected and include emergency housing kits, blankets, mattresses, tensile structures, and many other essential goods that have been made available by the Lebanese Red Cross and other partners on the ground. 

Resources will also be put toward mental health issues, providing psychological support and psychological first aid, necessary for many people that have suffered trauma and loss of people dear to them.
 

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