As emergency services in Lebanon battled raging forest fires in the mountains south of Beirut, Lebanese celebrities took to social media to voice their concern and sadness, and raise awareness for the situation.
Singer and actress Cyrine Abdelnour posted a video of the fire to Instagram with the caption, “I ask from all my heart, please God let the heavens water and put this evil fire out. Please God, help all the families and kids. We have no one but you.”
While singer and actress Nicole Saba shared a photo of the fire on Instagram, and told her followers, “My heart burns when looking at this. May God protect Lebanon and it’s people. It’s a huge fire and an environmental disaster.”
Influencer Lana El Sahely told her Instagram followers: “What is happening today is a national and a natural disaster, and is my priority to address as a Lebanese."
She added: "A huge fire is raging through Chouf and it has already destroyed forest and agricultural land and houses, and threatens more towns and our cedar reserve. My heart and prayers goes out to Chouf, to our Lebanese mountains, to its residents and to every tree bird and flower. Please take a moment to pray for safety of my lebanon, land and citizens. I hope we wake up to better days soon..”
Influencer Karen Wazed added: "My heart burns as my hometown Lebanon is in flames #lebanonisburningMy thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by the fires and to everyone who is risking their lives to help others survive this disaster".
From Beverly Hills, model Jessica Kahawaty wrote: "I just woke up in the US to the most chilling news in my beloved Lebanon. Fires are raging through this already fragile country destroying homes and killing families. The country is ill equipped to deal with the magnitude of such a disaster bringing the people and rescue teams to their knees. My heart aches and I feel numb going through all the photos and videos watching helplessly. Please share legitimate donation sources in the comments for everyone to donate. My thoughts are with everyone affected. God help them."
And actress and former Miss Lebanon Nadine Nassib Njeim shared a collage of the disaster with her 9.2 million followers.
More than 100 fires are thought to have started due to extreme heat and wind conditions. It is also being reported that over two million square metres of trees and houses have been destroyed.