A massive explosion has rocked the city of Beirut.On 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 confirmed that the blast was caused by ammonium nitrate.
Lebanon's Prime Minister Hassan Diab confirmed that the explosion was the result of 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, that was stored in a warehouse.
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— 🧸 (@🧸)1596582884.0
It was used to make fertilizers and explosives.And the substance has been stored there near a port for over 6 years.
But nothing of the sort has ever happened before.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.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.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 thirty-seven rescuers with sniffer dogs...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.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.Amid the pandemic, the country has also been suffering a major economic collapse, with its currency dropping in value over seventy percent.
That means supplies and funding were hard to distribute...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.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.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.It's a truly harrowing sight.
Another video has also shown us how scary the incident was.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.It is a truly disheartening sight.
So far, 137 people have died...And 5,000 more are said to be injured.
Emergency services in the area are working tirelessly to recover people from the rubble.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.
https://t.co/oHxzj0XmDz— elisha (@elisha)1596627938.0
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.
After blast, Lebanon has less than a month's grain reserves https://t.co/rzq7JEM4CT https://t.co/xprrOlx87l— Reuters (@Reuters)1596627304.0
Celebrities from across the globe have been speaking out about the devastation.Several A-listers are using their platforms to spread awareness and donate to Beirut.
Ariana Grande took to both Twitter and Instagram to raise awareness.
Urging people to donate what they can to the cause.
my heart, strength and condolences are with Lebanon and everyone affected by this tragedy. please support / donate… https://t.co/YZOueqsiBl— Ariana Grande (@Ariana Grande)1596583203.0
Grande continued to post resources for those who can help out.The star has received praise from fans for her response.
Halsey also took to Twitter.
She reached out to fans asking for guidance on resources for her to be able to help effectively and quickly.
my heart is aching looking at these photos in Beirut. I have read from a lot of people that petitions aren’t effect… https://t.co/RDrX6bjpTx— h (@h)1596572634.0
Salma Hayek penned an emotional Instagram post.
More and more celebrities have been speaking up.
"This is awful. Absolutely devastating."
This is awful. Absolutely devastating. Sending all my love and prayers to everyone affected by this tragedy.… https://t.co/VuIo6XTPL2— PRIYANKA (@PRIYANKA)1596573292.0
Many have been sharing useful information and resources so that real action can be taken.
Including actress, Rachel Zegler.
there is so much more going on in lebanon than what meets the eye. (sending all of my love to those affected by the… https://t.co/I5V266Qu7q— rachel zegler (@rachel zegler)1596562444.0
The star took to her Instagram stories to post about the devastating explosion.
The world: there was a bombing in lebanon and people aren’t finding places in hospitals Kylie jenner: I MADE PINK CUSTOMIZED UNO CARDS— SimpsandPimps (@SimpsandPimps)1596603042.0
@deathbylean why is she like this😭😭😭— 🪐🪐 (@🪐🪐)1596610265.0
it’s the fact that fan accounts are doing more for lebanon than kylie jenner who is showing off her personalized uno cards...— ًlupe (@ًlupe)1596582144.0
Kylie Jenner reposted Lebanon on her story, ladies and gents a BILLIONAIRE who could potentially help those in need… https://t.co/lxJpqN1Jx4— Μαρία✞ (@Μαρία✞)1596582644.0
@aishasbarbie @sunflowerIine @KylieJenner You just didn’t get the point. She just has been featured by the Hong Kon… https://t.co/VglBJsg0K7— flora (@flora)1596670922.0
@deathbylean that's all she has to say-— fariha ullu ka patha (@fariha ullu ka patha)1596605244.0
Kylie Jenner would rather talk about uno cards than the situation going on in lebanon right now. ive come to the co… https://t.co/S3TX3uR3Mv— julianna💔💔💔 (@julianna💔💔💔)1596649505.0
Kylie Jenner partying to celebrate the release of new products on her beauty line where the balloons alone would of… https://t.co/1ErAsvM5Jz— jessica (@jessica)1596574265.0
Kylie Jenner is worth 900 million, yet only sending prayers to Lebanon... wth is a prayer going to do— alejandro (@alejandro)1596679365.0
not kylie jenner posting a link for a lebanon disaster relief fund... girl you ARE the disaster relief fund— xela (@xela)1596658267.0
Kylie jenner saying “prayers for lebanon” absolutely sends me. She is a piece of shit with her CHEST— alexis or sumn (@alexis or sumn)1596675643.0
Did kylie Jenner just "Wow Wow" entire Lebanon? 🙄— The Wrong Person (@The Wrong Person)1596629224.0
kylie jenner for a fact knows the whole internet wants her to finally speak about something important, like lebanon… https://t.co/ElVM3c1V2c— liv (@liv)1596633713.0
kylie jenner is dumb like wow wow prayers for lebanon omg yes bitch i wish you were a billionaire who could actuall… https://t.co/VcwwLt5ZBL— medora (@medora)1596628101.0