Around 2,750 Tonnes of Ammonium nitrate exploded in the Beirut port which was stored for six years. The devastating explosion took place just around 18:00 (15:00) GMT on Tuesday after a fire broke into the port area.
“It is unacceptable that a shipment of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate has been present for six years in a warehouse, without taking preventive measures,” Prime Minister Hassan Diab said at a defense council meeting.
Near about 100 people lost their lives and more than 4000 were badly injured in the massive explosion. Shockwaves of the blast were felt 240 km away in the eastern Mediterranean. On seismograph, the blast was measured equivalent to 3.3 Magnitude earthquake. The blast was so strong that it shattered the windows of the city’s international airport which is situated 9 Km away.
The blast not only took lives of 100 people but more are also feared to be trapped under the debris. The Beirut’s Governor estimated a loss worth $5 billion.
France and Russia will send aid planes with search and rescue experts and with sanitary equipment and mobile clinic equipment to treat injured people. Australia also confirms an aid of 1.4 Million to Lebanon.
With the pandemic situation on the rise, the hospitals are already struggling to cope up with the aftermath of the blast. The county is going through an economic crisis due to the COVID hit. Also, the blast has destroyed almost entire food storage which was stored in the port area. The fear of the food crisis is to hit hard amid the crisis.