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Nationality basis for aid to building collapse victims
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BEIRUT: Lebanese and non-Lebanese victims of the Ashrafieh building collapse in January will receive financial compensation based on their nationality, according to Ibrahim Bashir, the head of the Higher Relief Committee.

A sum of LL1.5 billion ($1 million) was endorsed by the Cabinet this week for this purpose.

On Jan 15, a seven-story building owned by Michel and Claude Saadeh collapsed in Fassouh, killing 27 and injuring 12. The collapse also caused damage to property nearby.

Bashir also said that the loan will be used to provide compensation to residents who were affected by the collapse but were not injured, and the owners of nearby cars that were damaged.

According to Bashir, the families of non-Lebanese victims who died will receive the same amount of compensation as the families of Lebanese victims. “But non-Lebanese victims of the collapse will not receive equal compensation for rent and other expenses,” said Bashir, who justified the decision by saying that foreigners living in the building were in shared apartments with at least 10 people.

The HRC compensation will be divided as follows:

- LL 30 million to the family of each fatality, irrespective of nationality,

- LL 13.5 million to each Lebanese family of survivors, for one year of rent (estimated at $750 per month),

- LL 1.8 million to each non-Lebanese survivor, for one year of rent (estimated at $100 per month),

- LL 10 million to each Lebanese family of survivors, for material losses,

- LL 450,000 to each non-Lebanese national, for material losses,

- LL 4 million to LL15 million to owners of damaged cars.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 03, 2012, on page 4.
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