78 persons killed in Beirut explosion as death toll continues to rise
Aug.4, 2020 – About 78 persons have been confirmed dead in the explosion that occurred in the port area of Beirut, Lebanon’s Capital on Tuesday, Aug. 4.
Lebanon’s Health Minister, Hamad Hassan who confirmed the tragic incident said 4,000 others were also seriously injured in the blast and the death toll continues to rise.
According to Hassan, Lebanese Prime Minister, Hassan Diab has promised to take action as soon as possible, stating that those responsible for the explosion would pay the price.
The Humanitarian Post reports that although the cause of the blast remains unclear, the Lebanese authorities are working on assumptions that it was an accident and not a deliberate act.
It was also gathered that the blast was caused by some 2,700 tonnes of confiscated ammonium nitrate that were being stored in a warehouse at the port for six years.
The effect of the blast has also caused widespread damages on the outskirts of Beirut.
More details to come…….