TRAGIC!! Over 78 Dead , 4000 Injured After Beirut Explosion In Lebanon( VIDEO)
Naa Ayorkor Laryea
Aug. 05, 2020
At least 78 people have reportedly died with 4000 injured after Beirut explosion in Lebanon
According to the head of the Lebanese Red Cross, George Kettana the number of fatalities may reach 100 soon as more victims are still trapped under rubble.
Rescue teams are said to have worked throughout the night till this morning, in the hope of recovering survivors.
Health minister, Hamad Hasan says there are so many people who are yet to be located as worried family members get in touch.
“There are many people missing. People are asking the emergency department about their loved ones and it is difficult to search at night because there is no electricity,” the health minister Hamad Hasan.
Since the explosion took place, relatives of the missing scrambled at the port for news of their loved ones.
“It’s a catastrophe inside. There are corpses on the ground. Ambulances are still lifting the dead,” a soldier at the port said.
A woman in her twenties stood screaming at security forces, asking about the fate of her brother, a port employee.
“His name is Jad, his eyes are green,” she pleaded, to no avail as officers refused her entry.
An image taken by a drone shows destroyed events and exhibition hall near the scene of an explosion. Across the city, shop and apartment windows were blown out and streets covered with broken glass.
Cypriot foreign minister Nikos Christodoulides has offered to send medical aid to neighboring Lebanon.
“Cyprus is ready to accept injured persons for treatment and send medical teams if required,” Christodoulides said
There are reports that six medical workers are among those who were killed in the explosion, though it is not possible to confirm this.
Several hospitals were damaged in the blast, with parts of their ceilings collapsing, windows shattered and electricity cut off.
Throughout the night, TV and radio presenters in Lebanon read the names of the missing or wounded, reports Sarah El Deeb.
Many residents, desperate to reach family members, are sharing online messages with phone numbers and the names of their relatives.
In the video below, Beirut residents describe the impact of the explosion. “I’ve seen war, I’ve felt war,” says one man. “It’s a catastrophe. I’ve never seen anything like that.”
At a hospital, a member of staff describes how part of the building’s ceiling has collapsed, and windows shattered.
“I think outrage would be the correct word to express what I’m feeling right now,” says another resident.
On Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 massive blast that shook Beirut's port area which is believed to have been caused by confiscated “high explosive materials.”
Following that people around the accident scene are said to have sustained different degrees of injuries.
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