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US News Explosions in Beirut: Used to faulty public services, residents help each other

19:05  07 august  2020
19:05  07 august  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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Their city having been devastated by the blasts of August 4, Beirutis and Beirutis themselves manage the cleaning up of the damage, but also the purchase of food for the most deprived

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Exploded windows, collapsed building facades, gutted cars… A large part of Beirut is unrecognizable after the explosions of August 4 , which caused more than 150 deaths and appalling damage. In an attempt to erase the stigma of the disaster, it was the townspeople themselves who set to work.

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Accustomed to faulty public services , Beirutis and Beirutis got to work almost immediately, equipped with brooms, shovels, face mask and rubber gloves to protect their hands. Clearance of the rubble of collapsed buildings, glass from broken windows, blown out by explosions, or repair of electric cables, individual initiatives are plentiful to revive the Lebanese capital.

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But the solidarity doesn’t end there. While the governor of Beirut, Marwan Abboud, has estimated that up to 300,000 people are homeless due to the damage, which extends to almost half of the city, volunteers are managing the reception of the homeless, and prize pools are organized to buy food for people in need. Since the explosion on Tuesday, volunteers from the Lebanese Food Bank (LFB) have also been on deck, distributing sandwiches and meals to families whose homes were damaged, Souha Zeaiter, its executive director, told AFP.

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Beneficial initiatives, while the country was already experiencing an unprecedented economic collapse before the disaster , and while awaiting the arrival of international aid from several countries and institutions, including France, the European Union , the US military, Russia, Egypt, Greece, Kuwait, Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

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