It has been reported that a fire has broken out at the Beirut port, just one month after a devastating explosion destroyed the city...
The people of Beirut just can't catch a break, can they?
via: GettyJust 4 weeks after the shocking blast, the residents of the Lebanese capital are faced with yet another grave problem.
It all started on August 4th.
via: GettyAt around 6 pm local time, a sudden and devastating explosion ripped through Lebanon's capital city.
The footage from the blast was truly horrifying.
Filmed by a witness standing around 10km away from the blast, the mushroom-cloud explosion could be seen rocking nearby buildings, shattering windows, and demolishing everything in its path.
My brother sent me this, we live 10 KM away from the explosion site and the glass of our bldgs got shattered.… https://t.co/BfxlESeZzV— Abir Ghattas (@Abir Ghattas)1596555033.0
Throughout the day, different videos of the explosion began to emerge...
And, as they did, the realization of the severity of the situation began to slowly sink in.
Just wanna use this opportunity to use this account to spread awareness of what's happening to the world. COVID19… https://t.co/NMJ2ANI150— All About GOT7 PH (@All About GOT7 PH)1596587100.0
Hundreds of thousands of buildings were wiped out in the blast...
via: GettyLeaving nearly 300,000 people homeless.
Initially, it was unclear as to how many people were injured.
via: GettyBut it has since been confirmed that at least 190 people have died, with a further 6,500 people suffering from grave injuries.
At first, an explanation for the blast was nowhere to be seen.
via: GettyBut it later emerged that a huge cache of ammonium nitrate, an explosive compound commonly used in the construction of bombs, had been stored at the building in which the blast had occurred.
The explosive material had been seized by the government 6 years ago...
via: GettyAnd was then placed at the explosion site, according to top Lebanese officials.
An accidental fire was sparked at the warehouse...
via: GettyAnd it was this fire that is believed to have triggered the explosion of the ammunition.
Officials have stated that they are working hard at finding the party responsible for the devastating explosion.
via: GettyIn a televised statement, Prime Minister Diab was quoted as saying: "I will not relax until we find the responsible party for what happened, hold it accountable and apply the most serious punishments against it because it isn’t acceptable that a shipment of ammonium nitrate - estimated to be 2,750 tons - was in a depot for the past 6 years without precautionary measures being taken."
Footage from the aftermath continued to emerge online...
In which people could be seen wandering around, dazed and disoriented, amongst the crumbling builds and smoking rubble.
"There isn't a window that hasn't been blown out in this area" Sky News Middle East Editor Zein Ja'far, who is in… https://t.co/YgY8jdy5zr— Sky News (@Sky News)1596558252.0
It was utterly heartwrenching to see...
A once vibrant and bustling metropolis now lay in smoke and tatters.
Yesterday the seaport of #Beirut ceased to exist. A massive explosion killing dozens of people, and injuring thousa… https://t.co/LZGqtPtLEM— The Dead District (@The Dead District)1596597832.0
Satellite images of the city before and after the explosion have highlighted the sheer scale of the devastation...It is going to take Beirut years to recover from this.
But now, as the rebuild slowly begins...
via: GettyBeirut's residents have been faced with yet another devastating event.
It has been reported that, at the site of the explosion...
via: GettyYet another fire has broken out.
This video was posted onto Twitter, alongside the caption:
Insane fire at the port, causing a panic all across #Beirut. We just can’t catch a break. https://t.co/PtdHehPlz0— Aya Majzoub (@Aya Majzoub)1599733892.0
"Insane fire at the port, causing a panic all across #Beirut. We just can’t catch a break."
Valiant efforts are being made to put the fire out.
It has been reported that the Lebanese army have been drafted in to help fight the fire alongside the emergency services, and helicopters have been seen over the city carrying large buckets of water to attempt to douse the blaze.
Lebanese army says a fire broke out in a "warehouse of oils & tyres" in #Beirut Port's Free zone& operations to ext… https://t.co/C77vfMVBWY— Bel Trew (@Bel Trew)1599736224.0
Local media has reported that people in the surrounding area have started to be evacuated...But, of course, panic is rife, and some residents have been seen getting into their cars with the intention of leaving the city.
As of yet, the direct cause of the fire is unknown.
But a source from the Lebanese military told Metro that the fire started in a warehouse being used to store oil and tyres.
@Aya_Majzoub @liliandaoud It looks like a heavy fuel fire (Black smoke fire).— Sameh Abdelghany 🔴 🇪🇬 (@Sameh Abdelghany 🔴 🇪🇬)1599735570.0
This is a developing story, and we will post updates accordingly.
Our thoughts go out to the people of Beirut.
The sky has turned black again in Beirut. https://t.co/8Z8OSVu4QD— Liz Sly (@Liz Sly)1599736112.0