Hero Nurse Saves Three Newborn Babies as Beirut Blast Rocks Hospital | 22 Words

As more and more images emerge of the devastating explosion in Beruit, Lebanon - one stood out from the rest.

A picture capturing a nurse saving the lives of 3 newborn babies has seen her hailed a hero by hundreds online.

Read on for the devasting pictures of the blast, and for more on the nurse's heroic act...

A massive explosion has rocked the city of Beirut.

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Yesterday 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 has been confirmed that the blast was caused by ammonium nitrate.

Lebanon's Prime Minister Hassan Diab has confirmed that the explosion was the result of 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, that was stored in a warehouse.

It was used to make fertilizers and explosives.

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And the substance has been stored there near a port for over 6 years.

But nothing of the sort has ever happened before.

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The 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.

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The 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.

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Since 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...

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While 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.

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On 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.

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Amid 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...

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And 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.

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Over 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.

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The blast was so strong that it completely shattered glass windows and blew in the entrances of homes and other establishments.

Footage of the blast as well as the devastating after-effects are being uploaded online.

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You can watch the original video if you keep scrolling, but I must warn you, it is pretty difficult to watch.

Another video has also shown us how scary the incident was.

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A 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.

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It is a truly disheartening sight.

So far, 100 people have died...

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And 4,000 more are said to be injured.

Emergency services in the area are working tirelessly to recover people from the rubble.

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But it is a long and daunting task, with many people being found amongst the carnage succumbing to their injuries.

People online are raising more awareness about the issue, as well as promoting links as to where you can donate.

The Lebanese Red Cross and other charities are starting work on the ground as many of the survivors of the blast have lost their homes or their loved ones.

Reuters also reported that the country might be facing a food shortage.

Currently, there is only a month's worth of grains left but as stated by the president of the country, the after-effects of this terrible event are going to last much longer than that.

As more and more images emerged...

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There was one that stood out from the rest.

A hospital nurse has been hailed a hero after being photographed holding 3 newborn babies, keeping them safe from the explosion.

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The nurse in the picture hasn't been identified, but the image has since been shared thousands of times.

Photographe,r Bilal Marie Jawich, initially shared the picture to Facebook.

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"Sixteen years of press photography and lots of wars. I can say I didn’t see what I saw today in Ashrafia area," he wrote.

He continued:

"Especially in front of the rum hospital and this ‘heroine’ caught me inside the hospital and was accelerating to call despite the suspension of communication holding 3 newborn babies and surrounded by dozens of bodies and wounded."

Lebanon needs us now more than ever.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved.

Here's the harrowing video:

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.