Halsey, Ariana Grande and More React to Explosion in Beirut: 'My Heart Is Aching Looking at These Photos'

Halsey, Bette Midler, Ariana Grande, LL Cool J, Sara Bareilles, Gloria Estefan and more stars shared their thoughts on the massive explosion in Lebanon’s capital of Beirut Tuesday (Aug. 4) that has killed nearly 80 people and injured 4,000.

“Highly explosive materials” that the government seized years ago were found at the blast site, according to The New York Times, and one of the explosions was caused by a fire at a warehouse at Beirut’s port.

Halsey asked her Twitter followers how she could effectively and immediately help out. “My heart is aching looking at these photos in Beirut,” the pop star wrote. “I have read from a lot of people that petitions aren’t effective and donations can result in a dramatic exchange decrease. Can someone share with me direct information about how we can help most effectively and immediately?”

Fans started pointing her in the direction of a Help Lebanon landing page, which links out to crowdfunding initiatives for the Lebanese Red Cross and Disaster Relief for Beirut Explosion, which Grande encouraged her followers to support. The mass-circulated link also contains information about education, blood donations, environmental initiatives, protection of domestic workers, food and elderly care, and charities in Tripoli, a nearby Lebanese city.

See the stars’ reactions to the Beirut explosion below.

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