News of a devastating explosion in Beruit, Lebanon has shocked the world. With over half of the city destroyed, and the entire country already facing other major problems such as an economic collapse amid the ongoing battle against the pandemic, this has just made things even worse.
But even through such dark times, there is light as people are being discovered alive amongst the carnage ...
A massive explosion has absolutely devastated the city of Beruit.
via: GettyOn Tuesday, shocking footage of the explosion, which appeared to come from around the Lebanese capital’s port, was posted onto Twitter.
And just a day later it was been confirmed that the blast was caused by ammonium nitrate.
2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate left unsecured in a warehouse. many lost their lives in a split second. my prayers g… https://t.co/Gowx71fp4D— ㅇㅅㅇ (@ㅇㅅㅇ)1596582884.0
It was used to make fertilizers and explosives.
via: Getty ImagesAnd the substance has been stored there near a port for over 6 years.
But nothing of the sort has ever happened before.
via: Getty ImagesThe cause of the explosion was also backed up by the country's General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim, that also added that some of the material had been confiscated and stored there prior to the incident.
The utter devastation left behind has shocked the world.
via: Getty ImagesThe blast could be felt in other countries in a 100KM radius.
Reports state that it was even felt in the country of Cyprus in Europe.
via: Getty ImagesSince the explosion occurred, other countries including Canada and the United Kingdom have offered their support to Lebanon.
The Czech Republic has also said they would send in 37 rescuers with sniffer dogs...
via: Getty ImagesWhile Greece and Denmark have also extended a helping hand.
The French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron said he was already in the process of sending equipment into the country.
via: Getty ImagesOn Twitter, he said this: "I express my fraternal solidarity with the Lebanese after the explosion which claimed so many victims and damages this evening in Beirut. "France stands alongside Lebanon. Always. French aid and resources are being transported on the spot."
It has already been a pretty difficult time for the country.
via: Getty ImagesAmid the pandemic, the country has also been suffering a major economic collapse, with its currency dropping in value over 70%.
That means supplies and funding were hard to distribute...
via: Getty ImagesAnd with the coronavirus still wreaking havoc in most countries, this just adds even more pressure on the government, as well as the country's citizens.
It is thought that the damage repairs are going to cost approximately 5 billion dollars.
via: Getty ImagesOver half of the city, including the port, has been completely damaged. Not to mention houses, businesses, and vehicles that were within the impact point of the blast.
Even places that weren't close to the warehouse experienced intense damage.
via: Getty ImagesThe blast was so strong that it completely shattered glass windows and blew in the entrances of homes and other establishments.
So far, 100 people have died...
via: Getty ImagesAnd 4,000 more are said to be injured.
People online are raising more awareness about the issue, as well as promoting links as to where you can donate.
https://t.co/oHxzj0XmDz— elisha (@elisha)1596627938.0
And footage of the blast as well as the devastating after-effects are being uploaded online.
via: Getty ImagesThey have been pretty difficult to watch due to the graphic nature of them all. But the most recent one to surface shows that the city still has hope... Keep scrolling to see it.
Other videos have also shown us how scary the incident was.
via: Getty ImagesA priest was leading the service when the lights started flicking and the rumbling started.
He can then be seen running, as well as everyone else in the church as the impact of the explosion tears through the room.
via: Getty ImagesIt is a truly disheartening sight.
Emergency services in the area are working tirelessly to recover people from the rubble.
via: Getty ImagesBut it is a long and daunting task, with many people being found amongst the carnage succumbing to their injuries.
A video has been posted online showing that there is still some hope in the region.
via: TwitterFootage shows a crowd of people, including a rescue team, cheering as they pull a man from the rubble.
His body is completely covered with dust as he is put onto a stretcher.
via: TwitterThere is an ambulance nearby, waiting for him as he is hauled away amongst a joyous crowd.
The post has received over 150,000 views...
@layalhaddad At least one mom had her son back ❤️— K.a.l (@K.a.l)1596621250.0
And this user commented this:
@layalhaddad Hamdella 3a saleme 🤲🏻— Malak mortada (@Malak mortada)1596628439.0
Here's the full video:
انتشال الشاب عصام شمص من تحت الانقاض وهو على قيد الحياة❤ https://t.co/Ot1vdrOFP3— layal h (ليال حداد) (@layal h (ليال حداد))1596617735.0
Amin al-Zahed was posted on the Instagram account in search of victims.
He was pictured having been pulled out of the sea.
via: Getty ImagesBut it's still unknown how his condition actually is. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this horrific incident. If you can help out with anything, donations to the Lebanese Red Cross charity would go a long way.