The United States announced plans to send $17 million in disaster aid to Lebanon to help as the country begins to recover from the explosion in Beirut.
National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said the first wave of the funding will provide food, water, and medical supplies to Lebanon. He noted that the U.S. Agency for International Development had sent its first Disaster Assistance Response Team on Thursday evening.
“The United States, through the support of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, will continue to work closely with authorities on the ground in Lebanon to identify further health and humanitarian needs and will provide further assistance in the period to come. USAID is deploying a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) today to Beirut to assist in the coordination and delivery of humanitarian assistance,” O’Brien said in a statement.
“The United States extends our condolences to all of the families of those lost in this tragedy. We stand firmly with the people of Lebanon and will continue to offer our full support through this difficult time,” he added.
Parts of Beirut were completely leveled after nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at port facilities exploded, according to Lebanese officials. The explosion killed at least 157 people, including one U.S. citizen.