Beirut Blast: Lebanese President, Aoun declares State of Emergency
Aug.5, 2020- Lebanese President Michel Aoun has said a two-week state of emergency should be declared following a massive explosion in Beirut that killed at least 100 people and injured 4,000 others on Aug. 4.
President Aoun has also called for an emergency cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
Beirut's city governor Marwan Abboud said up to 300,000 people have lost their homes and authorities are working on providing them with food, water and emergency shelter.
As search and rescue efforts continue, officials said they expect the death toll to rise further as emergency workers dig through the rubble to search for survivors.
The city has also been thrown into mourning as families mourn loved ones who died in the incident, as they also count their losses.
The Humanitarian Post reports that the deadly explosion occurred in the port area of Beirut, Lebanon’s Capital on Tuesday, Aug. 4.
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.