The financial crisis has led to a spike in cryptocurrency usage in Lebanon, both as a means of recovering savings through speculative trading and as a way to circumvent a broken banking system.
The blast overwhelmed hospitals in the city and badly damaged two that had a key role in handling the virus. Medical officials had warned of the dangers of crowding at hospitals in the aftermath of the explosion.
This latest emergency comes in the context of recent civil unrest, a major economic crisis, Covid -19 outbreak and heavy refugee burden. The legendary resilience of the Lebanese people has rarely been so severely tested.
With the emergence of new challenges due to the latest devastating event, the United Nations in Lebanon and partners have been mobilized to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to the Lebanese people.