Lebanon’s Beirut Blast: 100 Dead; 4000 Injured; Medical Supplies Destroyed in Explosion
A massive explosion ripped through the capital city of Beirut in Lebanon, killing nearly 100 and injuring at least 4000 people, with still hundreds missing, feared to be trapped under the rubble.
The blast, registered as a 3.3 magnitude earthquake near the Beirut’s port, was heard and felt as far away as Cyprus, which is more than 200 kilometers (180 miles) across the Mediterranean.
The explosion, that sent a huge mushroom cloud-shaped shockwave, flipped cars and shattered distant buildings, blowing out the windows. A red cloud hung over the city, as the streets of the city looked like “an apocalypse.” A tweet from Jenan Moussa gave a clear picture of the blast’s impact.
The #BeirutBlast was so huge that it literally carved out a part of the land.
— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) August 5, 2020
The government has urged the residents in and surrounding the area of explosion, to stay indoors and wear masks if available, as there are also reports of toxic gases released from the blast.
Hospitals in Beirut are still overrun with wounded people, while patients are being transported to hospitals to nearby cities. Some hospitals in the Lebanese capital are reportedly too damaged to treat patients.
This comes in a time, when Lebanon is already on its knees, due to their economic crisis, with their hospitals already being short on medical supplies. However, it has just been reported that their medical goods, which were stored near the explosive site, have also been destroyed in the blast.
Prime Minister Hassan Diab said that “about 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate were stored in the Beirut port warehouse, for over six years, without taking preventive measures, endangering the safety of citizens.” He claimed the storage to be “unacceptable” and that anybody related to the cause of this blast will surely pay.
According to the initial reports, a major fire at a warehouse for firecrackers near the port was the cause of the explosion. A detail investigation into the cause of the blast has been initiated and the results will be released within 5 days.