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.
Read on for all the harrowing details as well as disturbing images and videos that have surfaced after the blast.
Yesterday 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.
You can watch the original video if you keep scrolling, but I must warn you, it is pretty difficult to watch.
A priest was leading the service when the lights started flicking and the rumbling started.
It is a truly disheartening sight.
And 4,000 more are said to be injured.
But it is a long and daunting task, with many people being found amongst the carnage succumbing to their injuries.
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.
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.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved.
This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.