Beirut Scarred From A Massive Blast With The Death Toll Rising To At Least 157

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The Lebanese rescue teams pulled out the dead and continued looking for more missing people on Thursday from the wreckage that has been caused by the huge warehouse explosion that sent a deadly blast wave across the city, killing at least 157 people.

Hassan Diab, who is the prime minister declared three days or morning from Thursday through to Saturday as initial investigations blamed negligence at the port as the main cause of this explosion that left hundreds of people missing and over 5000 injured.

More than 250,000 people were left homeless, with their homes completely damaged by the blast. After the shockwaves destroyed facades and sucked furniture from the houses into the streets and windows shattered for tens of miles inland.

The fatalities from the blast are expected to rise. The port officials are being blamed for the massive stockpile of high explosive materials that had been stored at the store for many years in unsafe conditions.

This explosion was the most devastating ever to hit Beirut in many years considering that Beirut is still reeling from the civil war that just ended a few decades ago and scarred from the economic meltdown, not to mention the rise in COVID-19 cases. This blast rattled buildings from Cyprus, an island about 160 km away on the Mediterranean island.

As the prime minister indicated, no real words can describe the devastation that hit Beirut, turning the blast into the disaster-stricken Beirut. The prime minister stated that more than 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate utilized in bombs and fertilizers, was stored for about 6 years at the port after it has been seized.

Technically, the government was pre-determined to evaluate and expose what exactly happened soonest possible to hold the negligent accountable and punish those that are responsible as The University of Washington predicts 300,000 USA Coronavirus Fatalities.

A source familiar with the initial investigations blamed the blast on negligence and inaction stating that the judges and committees involved in order to ensure immediate removal of the explosive materials had done nothing.

The cabinet immediately ordered that the port officials that had been mandated with guarding or storing the hazardous materials to be placed under house arrest.

However, the officials haven’t yet confirmed the source of the first blaze that ignited the explosion, whereas the local media and security source has initially stated that it originated from the welding work.

Massive blast rocks Beirut port area

The massive explosion hit the Beirut port zone on august 4 where there were many houses housing hazardous materials. It was also confirmed that other explosive chemical had been stored in this area. Hundreds of injuries and multiple fatalities have so far been recorded.

For many Lebanese, this blast was a devastating reminder of the civil war that destroyed a large part of Beirut and tore the entire country apart. However, some people are blaming the state for bad governance and corruption.

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