August 4 left an open wound on the residents of Beirut. The explosion killed around 220 people, injured thousands, and left at least 300,000 people homeless.
Buildings have become completely uninhabitable – many too fragile to remain standing for long.
Those with summer homes in the mountains/village had to temporarily move there, far from the city.
Others have had to resort to staying with their family members, be it parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, or even friends.
However, many others are completely helpless, with nowhere to turn.
That’s where Beirut Crisis Shelters comes in.
To help guide victims to places of shelter, a team of Lebanese employees at Google has been compiling a map of verified locations that are welcoming displaced families affected by the blast.
The list includes hotels, guesthouses, schools, places of worship, and shelters offered by NGOs/dorms.
All these places are embracing victims free of charge. People with apartments they are not using have even opened the space for families who need it.
The team at Google is updating the map weekly. This is just another way Google is helping crisis relief in Lebanon.