Beirut set ablaze, then decimated. The two explosions on Tuesday evening in the Lebanese capital devastated the port and surrounding buildings, killing at least 137 people. The tragedy also leaves 300,000 citizens now homeless, in a country plunged for months in a very serious economic crisis.

While the authorities have not put in place any device to shelter people who have lost their homes, hundreds of Lebanese have mobilized to launch operations to clear the rubble or welcome the homeless in the villages. private homes, in a vast outpouring of solidarity. Several countries including France have already dispatched rescue teams and equipment to deal with the emergency. 

An aerial view shows the massive damage caused by the explosions that set the Port of Beirut and the neighborhoods around it ablaze on August 4. © AFP

A man inspects the damage in the streets of Beirut, the day after the explosions that decimated, Tuesday, August 4, the Lebanese capital. © Anwar Amro, AFP

The explosions partially destroyed many residential buildings and left nearly 300,000 people homeless. © Joseph Eid, AFP

A member of the Lebanese security forces inspects the damage caused to the Parliament of Beirut, August 5, 2020 © Anwar Amro, AFP

A church in central Beirut, devastated in the aftermath of the explosions that decimated the Lebanese capital. © Anwar Amro, AFP

A Lebanese couple inspect the damage to their home located in an area overlooking the port of Beirut, August 5, 2020 © Joseph Eid, AFP

Rescuers search through the debris of grain silos installed near the port of Beirut, August 5, 2020 © Joseph Eid, AFP

The explosions also destroyed the stained glass windows and furniture in the Cathedral of Saint George of the Maronites in Beirut. © Joseph Eid, AFP

An injured man, sitting next to a restaurant in the Mar Mikhael district of Beirut, August 5, 2020 © Patrick Baz, AFP

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