On the 4th of Aug 2020, Beirut was hit by a devastating explosion, that has killed at least 135 people, and wounded more than 5,000 others. Hundreds of people have been reported to be missing, and the search is still on for other survivors and casualties. The numbers are expected to increase. It is estimated that another 300,000 people have been displaced due to the blast.
Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS) is the umbrella body for overseas humanitarian aid by the Archdiocese of Singapore. Humanitarian situations cover natural disasters and other adverse circumstances faced by the poor and needy, especially in developing countries in the region. CHARIS is a member of Caritas Singapore. It was launched on 20 August 2010 by His Grace, Archbishop Nicholas Chia.