Shocking Images Show The Devastating Aftermath Of The Explosion In Beirut

Shocking images have been released showing the utter devastation caused by the explosion in Beirut, which has left hundreds of thousands of people homeless.

At around 3pm (GMT) yesterday (4 August), a huge blast at the port of the Lebanese capital shook the city.

So far, more than 100 people have been confirmed dead as a result of the explosion, with more than 4,000 people having been injured.

Emergency services are scouring the wreckage looking for people who are unaccounted for, with many trapped beneath the rubble and feared dead.

The city’s Governor Marwan Abboud told the media that it could cost up to $5 billion to repair the horrific damage caused by the explosion, with 300,000 people having lost their homes.

Lebanese soldiers search for survivors after a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. The explosion flattened much of a port and damaged buildings across Beirut, sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. In addition to those who died, more than 3,000 other people were injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said.(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Lebanon’s prime minister Hassan Diab has said the explosion was caused by 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, which is used to make fertilisers and explosives, that had been stored in a nearby port warehouse for the past six years.

These claims have also been backed up by the country’s General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim, who blamed the blast on ‘highly explosive material’ that had been confiscated years earlier and kept in the warehouse.

Since the explosion happened, a number of countries have come out and offered their support to the Lebanese government, with the Czech Republic promising to send a team of 37 rescuers with sniffer dogs to aid, while Greece and Denmark have also offered to help.

People inspect their car that was damaged in Tuesday’s massive explosion in the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. The explosion flattened much of a port and damaged buildings across Beirut, sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. In addition to those who died, more than 3,000 other people were injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Writing on Twitter, the French President Emmanuel Macron said he was already sending aid, including two military planes, 15 tonnes of sanitary equipment and a mobile clinic which will have the capacity to treat 500 people.

He said: “I express my fraternal solidarity with the Lebanese after the explosion which claimed so many victims and damages this evening in Beirut.

“France stands alongside Lebanon. Always. French aid and resources are being transported on the spot [of the explosion].”

Debris lies at the scene of a massive explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Residents of Beirut awoke to a scene of utter devastation on Wednesday, a day after a massive explosion at the port sent shock waves across the Lebanese capital, killing at least 100 people and wounding thousands. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Footage of the original blast was posted on Twitter yesterday evening.

In the clip, which appears to have been taken from a rooftop nearby, a large cloud of smoke suddenly erupts into the air as a deafening noise ripples through the city.

It was posted with the caption: “A video I received on WhatsApp of the scale of explosion in #Beirut, confirming it was at the port.

A damage is seen after a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. The explosion flattened much of a port and damaged buildings across Beirut, sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. In addition to those who died, more than 3,000 other people were injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said.(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

“FYI – this comes at one of the worst times in Lebanon’s history, a deep economic crisis with more and more of the population unable to access food, health care. The general mood was that it can’t get worse.

“Many people barely surviving and now more have lost their livelihoods, shops and cars destroyed.”

A video has also recently emerged of a priest having to run for his life as the blast tore through his church.

A Lebanese army helicopter throw water at the scene where an explosion hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Residents of Beirut awoke to a scene of utter devastation on Wednesday, a day after a massive explosion at the port sent shock waves across the Lebanese capital, killing at least 100 people and wounding thousands. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

In the short clip, the man can be seen leading a service when the lights start to flicker and large chunks of the walls and ceiling begin to collapse.

The priest then runs to his left hand side, fleeing from the alter as the building starts to collapse.

The camera filming the service then falls to the ground and the video ends.

You can donate to the Lebanese Red Cross here.

Via Ladbible

 

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