On August 4, a violent explosion occurred in the port area of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, in the evening. According to the latest statistics released by the Lebanese Red Cross, the explosion has killed 135 people and injured more than 5,000. There are still bodies in the port, many of which are still buried in rubble. under.
At present, the exact cause of the fire and explosion is not known. According to the Lebanese Ministry of Interior, the explosion may have been caused by a batch of chemical ammonium nitrate stored in the port warehouse for many years. According to local Lebanese security departments and media sources, the initial fire was triggered by welding operations to repair holes in the warehouse.
According to Marwan Abboud, the governor of Lebanon's Beirut Province, the explosion in the Beirut port area left as many as 250,000 homeless. He said that agencies are working hard to provide shelter, food and water for these people.
In an interview with the media, Lebanese Minister of Health Mohamed Hassan stated that the Beirut port bombing has caused Lebanese health to face a "very complicated" situation. Hassan said that the health department had previously closed three hospitals to deal with the new crown virus epidemic, and the explosion on the 4th made many hospitals unable to operate. The power supply interruption caused by the explosion also prevented some hospitals from receiving timely treatment.
The Lebanese authorities imposed house arrest on all persons responsible for the port warehouse where the accident occurred since 2014, pending further investigation.