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 heartwarming stories surface amongst the carnage…
On Tuesday, shocking footage of the explosion, which appeared to come from around the Lebanese capital’s port, was posted onto Twitter.
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.
And the substance has been stored there near a port for over 6 years.
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 blast could be felt in other countries in a 100KM radius.
Since the explosion occurred, other countries including Canada and the United Kingdom have offered their support to Lebanon.
While Greece and Denmark have also extended a helping hand.
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.”
Amid the pandemic, the country has also been suffering a major economic collapse, with its currency dropping in value over 70%.
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.
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.
The blast was so strong that it completely shattered glass windows and blew in the entrances of homes and other establishments.
And 4,000 more are said to be injured.
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.
They 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.
A priest was leading the service when the lights started flicking and the rumbling started.
It is a truly disheartening sight.
But it is a long and daunting task, with many people being found amongst the carnage succumbing to their injuries.
Footage shows a crowd of people, including a rescue team, cheering as they pull a man from the rubble.
There is an ambulance nearby, waiting for him as he is hauled away amongst a joyous crowd.
And hundreds of comments under it.
Which translates to “welcome to be back”, a phrase used when someone has recovered from illness or an accident.
And another story of a miraculous act of bravery has inspired hope in the hearts of many.
But suddenly, a blast shakes the building.
The cleaner scoops up the child and runs to safety.
And is proof that heroes can be anywhere.
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.