Denmark is to examine how best to help Lebanon, where an explosion on Tuesday in the capital, Beirut, has resulted in massive devastation and at least 100 deaths.
this was stated by The minister for development cooperation Rasmus Prehn (S).
- We have parties, among other things, the Red Cross, as we work closely with, which are present in Beirut. And we understand that here and now, first and foremost, help is needed to what they call 'search and rescue'.
- It is that one is around in the rubble and looking for whether there are people who are trapped and so on, says Rasmus Prehn.
He says that later on Wednesday will rule on the to be donated extra amount of money to Lebanon because of the explosion and the resulting damage.
A big explosion on Tuesday afternoon has left parts of Beirut in ruins and claimed the lives of at least 100 people. About 4000 are reported injured.
Many people are still missing, and rescue workers are busy searching for survivors among the rubble and destroyed buildings.
According to Rasmus Prehn, there is international interest in holding your hand during Lebanon. In addition, Denmark has, among others, France and Germany announced that they are ready to help Lebanon.
Lebanon is more or less in their knees, both health and financially. Therefore, there is huge interest in helping, in order to ensure that society is not collapsing, says Rasmus Prehn.
According to the Danish ambassador in Lebanon, Merete Juhl, could the explosion have hardly have come at a worse time for the country.
- This explosion comes at a time when the country is in deep economic crisis. We have seen an almost economic collapse of the past few months, where half of the population descended into poverty.
- It comes in a difficult context, where such a massive destruction is almost completely unimaginable difficult to handle.
- I can see that many countries have already volunteered to help Lebanon recover, and there are surely to be needed, says Merete Juhl.
Defence minister Trine Team (S) writes on Twitter that the ministry of defense and the agency is 'in full swing' to look at possible support to Lebanon.