USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa Travels to Beirut, Lebanon

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Lebanese Red Cross officers carry an injured woman following an explosion at the port of Beirut on August 4, 2020. Credit: Patrick Baz, AFP

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator John Barsa traveled to Beirut, Lebanon, where catastrophic explosions at the Port of Beirut killed nearly 150 people and injured thousands more and devastated the city center.

While in Lebanon, Administrator Barsa observed current USAID disaster response efforts and assess the situation on the ground.

He met with the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team, which deployed to Beirut on August 7 to lead U.S. humanitarian response efforts. This elite team of disaster experts is working with humanitarian partners on the ground to assess damage, identify humanitarian needs, and coordinate efforts to deliver immediate assistance.

Acting Administrator Barsa also visited USAID partners who are delivering critical emergency assistance, including the U.N. World Food Program, which USAID is supporting to provide food assistance to support 300,000 people affected by this disaster.

During his visit, USAID relief supplies that are being transported by the U.S. military arrived in Beirut. These supplies include emergency medical kits that will support up to 60,000 people for three months, and contain medicines and medical supplies, such as bandages, gauze, examination gloves, thermometers, and syringes; designed to enable local hospitals to address the critical medical needs of the victims of the explosion.


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The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing more than $15 million in humanitarian assistance to aid the people of Lebanon following catastrophic explosions at the Port of Beirut. These funds bring the humanitarian aid provided by the American people in Lebanon since September 2019 to a total of $403 million.