Cause of explosion and stories from different parts of the capital
On 4, August 2020, the world has been shaken by a terrific incident in central Beirut, Lebanon. The powerful blast has reportedly killed more than 100 people with almost 4 thousand injured. The two huge explosions have sent enormous blast waves across the city. The waves have damaged buildings, sent seismic shockwaves throughout the city, shattered windows, smashed masonry, and shook the ground across the Lebanese capital.
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A 2-week state of emergency has been announced in the Beirut, as the whole city faces devastation.
The exact cause of the explosion is still marked as unclear. It is noted that a small explosion was followed by a much larger and horrible one. Highly explosive material was stored in the port, the blast site. The first blast detonated all the explosive materials, namely tons of Ammonium Nitrate.
The estimated amount of ammonium nitrate present is 2,750 tons, which was in the port without any precautionary measures.
It is the same explosive material that was seized by the government years ago and was stored in the port. It was being used in explosives and fertilizers.
Stories from different parts of the capital
The hospitals in Beirut were already handling the corona patients when the incident took place. Many patients were taken to the hospitals outside the city, as the high number of casualties over flooded the emergency wards.
WARNING GRAPHIC: People were filmed receiving treatment at St. Joseph Hospital in #Beirut as the death toll climbs to 78 with 4,000 injured following a huge explosion on Tue. Lebanese PM declared a "national day of mourning" for the victims #PrayforLebanon pic.twitter.com/SOstsx8Wnu
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) August 5, 2020
A BBC reporter in Beirut was conducting an online interview when the blast took place.
A BBC reporter in Beirut was online conducting an interview when the #BeirutBlast took place.
This is heartbreaking!pic.twitter.com/pKm4uHasqi
— Ahmer Khan (@ahmermkhan) August 5, 2020
A bride was having the photoshoot of her memorable day when the blast happened. The team then took shelter in the nearby building.
— #StaySafe (@Iamhornsby) August 5, 2020
There are various footages of people stuck by the blast and unaware of what to do next.
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Different videos of the explosions are attached in the thread below
Stunning video shows explosions just minutes ago at Beirut port pic.twitter.com/ZjltF0VcTr
— Borzou Daragahi 🖊🗒 (@borzou) August 4, 2020
Meanwhile, let’s all remember Lebanon in our prayers and hope that they can recover from the crisis as soon as possible. Let’s hope that the casualties are less, and those who have lost their lives rest in peace, and those who have been injured, heal.