The reports from Beirut after the massive explosion is getting worse every moment. As of now, 87 people are confirmed dead while at least 4000 people have been wounded. Reports suggest that 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded and was present in a warehouse for six years. The rescue teams have worked all through the night and their mission went on till Wednesday morning.
Many people have gone missing and there are so many calling the emergency department to enquire about their loved ones. Hamad Hasan, the Health Minister said that it was difficult to respond to everyone as there was no electricity at night.
On Tuesday, the relatives of the missing people scrambled at the Beirut port to know about their loved ones. A soldier from the port reported that there is a catastrophe inside. There were corpses lying on the ground. Ambulances have had to lift so many dead bodies to be able to verify and connect with the family members of the dead.
A port employee said that there was a woman frantically screaming at the forces to know the fate of her brother. She was screaming, “his name is Jad, his eyes are green”. The woman was continuously pleading but the officers refused entry into the sensitive spot.
2,750 Tons of Ammonium Nitrate exploded in Beirut
Lebanon Prime Minister Hassan Diab reported that it is unacceptable how a shipment including 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate had been in a warehouse for six years without any protective measures. He informed this during a defense council meeting and a spokesperson from the conference told this to the press.
As of now, it is early to inform the level of severity in this case. However, the reports are getting worse and there is complete chaos across the city. Several buildings have been damaged and many people are homeless and paralyzed. We have to wait for further updates to inform you how the city is coping up.