Lebanon – State of emergency following explosion

06 august, 2020

LibanPost wishes to inform other Union member countries and their designated operators that a massive explosion (approximately 2700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate) took place on 4 August in Beirut at around 18.00. The blast was so extensive that several districts of Beirut and its suburbs have been completely devastated. Thousands of people have been injured and more than 80 are reported dead at the time of writing, with many more still missing. The Lebanese Government has declared a two-week state of emergency.

A number of LibanPost employees have been injured, with one in a critical condition and another still reported missing. The homes of some employees have suffered damage and certain of LibanPost's distribution centres and post offices have been partially or totally destroyed. A special team is currently visiting LibanPost's various premises to assess the damage and to recover any mail and equipment that can still be salvaged.

Postal operations at the office of exchange, distribution centres and post offices, as well as all support functions including customer services, have been suspended throughout Lebanon, until further notice.

LibanPost will, of course, spare no effort to restore postal services as soon as possible, throughout the country. However, given the scale of the damage caused by the explosion, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the severe underlying economic and financial crisis currently underway in Lebanon, this will not be an easy endeavour.

LibanPost will provide further updates over the next few days, as appropriate. It has also established the following e-mail address for communication purposes: emergency@libanpost.com .

LibanPost would like to thank all Union member countries and their designated operators for their understanding and support.