On 4 August 2020 the Lebanese capital was shaken by a violent explosion. Since then, 38 members of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) have helped to cope with the immediate consequences of the explosion. They checked the stability of damaged buildings, supported maternal and child health care and helped repair 19 schools. The emergency operation will end on 5 September 2020.
On 26 November 2019, Albania was hit by a strong earthquake. SDC’s Humanitarian Aid sent specialists to assess the stability of damaged houses, to organize aid deliveries, and to provide financial support to affected people.