A view of the severely damaged port area in Beirut, Lebanon — photo provided by Rev. Elmarie Parker

Relief efforts are under way in Beirut to help the more than 300,000 people displaced by the Aug. 4 port explosion that is now being called among the five strongest blasts in human history.

Officials say the force of the explosion was 20% as powerful as the atomic bomb dropped by the United States on Hiroshima, Japan on Aug. 6, 1945.

The blast caused significant damage to the port of Beirut, which acts as a storehouse for important commodities imported by the government, including wheat and fuel. About 70% of the trade exchange movement between Lebanon and other countries is shipped through there.

PDA is supporting the humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of the explosion by processing solidarity grants to our partners on the ground in Lebanon. Solidarity grants are used for emergency humanitarian needs, which can include anything from medical supplies, personal protective equipment, shelter, water and more.

To support PDA's response to this disaster, designate gifts to DR000007.

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