In the Lebanese capital, Beirut faced a huge blast, killing at least 100 people and more than 4,000 left injured. Officials claim the reason for the caused explosion in Beirut as highly explosive materials stored in a warehouse for 6 years.
In a statement on Wednesday, Lebanese Red Cross said, “Until now over 4,000 people have been injured and over 100 have lost their lives. Our teams are still conducting search and rescue operations in the surrounding areas.”
Michel Aoun, the President of Lebanon said that it was not acceptable that 2,750 tonnes of Ammonium Nitrate were stored in the warehouse without any safety measures.
Moreover, what triggered the explosion is under investigation.,
Supreme Defence Council of Lebanon said that people who found responsible for the explosion would face the maximum punishment possible.
After the explosion, hospitals are said to be overcrowded and even many buildings have been destroyed. Further, a 3 day mourning period has also been announced by President Aoun. He said that the Government would also release emergency funds worth 100 billion lire (£50.5m; $66m).
Hassan Diab the Prime Minister of Lebanon called the explosion as a catastrophe. He added that people who are responsible for the explosion must be held to account.
He also mentioned the dangerous warehouse which has been in the place since 2014.
Local media is showing images and videos of people trapped beneath the rubble. BBC writes that a witness described the first explosion as deafening, and video footage showed wrecked cars and blast-damaged buildings.
“All the buildings around here have collapsed. I’m walking through glass and debris everywhere, in the dark,” one witness near the port told AFP news agency.
The blast was heard 240km (150 miles) away on the island of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean.
Lebanon is already facing an economic crisis, and with the explosion, Lebanon has suffered huge damage. There is also tension for the Friday’s verdict in a trial over the Rafik Hariri’s killing, the ex-Prime Minister, in 2005.