OTTAWA: Minister of Foreign Affairs, François-Philippe Champagne, and Minister of International Development, Karina Gould on Wednesday announced that Canada is providing up to $5 million in humanitarian assistance in response to the tragic explosion that occurred in Beirut, Lebanon, on August 4, 2020.
“The first days of a humanitarian disaster are crucial and Canada is here to help. This funding will provide safe shelter, clean water, medicines and basic necessities for those in need. As a government, we are mobilized to ensure that Canada is there to bring much-needed assistance to the Lebanese population,” Karina Gould was quoted as saying in a news release.
The assistance includes an initial $1.5 million going immediately to trusted humanitarian partners on the ground, including the Lebanese Red Cross via the Canadian Red Cross Society, to help meet the urgent needs of people affected by this crisis, according to the release.
Canada’s contribution will help support emergency medical services and provide shelter, food and other essential items.
“Canada stands with the people of Lebanon in this tragedy and we are ready to assist however we can, as I have articulated in my two recent conversations with my Lebanese counterpart. This initial contribution will help meet the immediate, most urgent needs of those devastated by this explosion,” said François-Philippe Champagne.
Through its Middle East engagement strategy, Canada is providing more than $47 million in humanitarian assistance funding for crisis-affected populations in Lebanon in 2020.
Meanwhile, the massive Beirut explosion has so far killed more than 130 people and wounded 5,000.