A deadly explosion that shook the capital city Beirut of Lebanon, flattening the city’s port, destroying buildings across the capital by forming a giant mushroom-shaped cloud in the sky. It took the lives of more than 80 people and around 4000 people were injured. The explosion on Tuesday (August 4) sent shockwaves across the city, causing widespread damage even on the outskirts of the city. The massive explosion triggered a 3.5 magnitude earthquake, according to Germany’s Geosciences Centre GFZ.
Authorities are still investigating what has exactly caused Tuesday’s massive explosion in Beirut. Officials said they expect the death toll to rise further as emergency workers dig through the rubble to search for survivors. The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear, but the officials linked the blast to some 2, 750 tonnes of confiscated ammonium nitrate that were being stored in the warehouse at the port for six years.
The Russian government is sending 5 planes of medical equipment and a team of doctors to set up a field hospital in Beirut to help the city in the aftermath of yesterday’s explosion, the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations said on Wednesday (August 5, 2020) according to Russia’s TASS news agency. The ministry will also send a team trained for search and rescue operations and a mobile laboratory to identify cases of Covid- 19.
Iran president has offered to send medical aid to Lebanon and treat people, who were injured in the massive, blast that killed at least 100 people in Beirut. Hasan Rouhani said, according to the state TV, “Iran announces its readiness to send medical aid to Lebanon and also offers treatment of injured and other necessary medical assistance.” “We hope that the circumstances of this incident will be determined as soon as possible and that peace will return to Beirut,” he added.
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “shocked and saddened” after hearing a large and massive explosion that had hit the Lebanese capital, Beirut, he said on Wednesday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families and the injured,” Modi added.
Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein expressed his country’s grief over the Beirut blast and had offered help in “any way we can.” His twitter post reads, “Malaysia stands together in grief as our thoughts and prayers accompany the strong people of Lebanon. We stand ready to support any way we can.”
US President Donald Trump said, “The huge explosion that shook Beirut appeared to be some of a terrible attack,” but he could not put forth any evidence to back his claim. “We have very good relationship with Lebanon, and we will be there to help,” Trump added.
The Supreme Defence Council recommended declaring a two- week state of emergency in the capital and handing over security responsibility to military authorities. A council statement read live on TV said President Michel Aoun has decided to release 100 billion Lebanese pounds ($66m) in emergency allocations from the 2020 budget. It also recommended in advance of a cabinet meeting that held on Wednesday that a committee is tasked with investigating the explosion and presenting its findings within five days to mete out the maximum punishment to those responsible for the blast.
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