The death toll from the explosion in the Lebanese capital Beirut has risen to 113, authorities report Wednesday. In addition, the explosion in the port injured more than 4,000 people.
Authorities expect the death toll to rise further. Many people are still missing. An unknown number of victims ended up in the sea as a result of the shock wave.
Rescuers are looking for victims in the rubble, among other things. Lebanon is assisted in this by other countries. For example, the Netherlands sends 63 specialists and eight detection dogs to Beirut. These are four rescue teams.
Various aid organizations are also on site. The Red Cross, which opened giro 5125 for aid to Lebanon, is setting up mortuaries, among other things, because hospitals are overloaded. The organization has also sent ambulances, nurses and medicines.
Crater in Beirut harbor shows power of explosion
A quarter of a million people have become homeless
Tuesday's explosion wreaked havoc. Several buildings have been completely destroyed. According to Beirut Governor Marwan Abboud, about a quarter of a million people have been made homeless.
The explosion took place in the port of Beirut. Since 2014, more than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate were stored there. The port officials involved in the storage and security of the ammonium nitrate have been placed under house arrest.
What exactly caused the explosion is being investigated under the leadership of an independent committee. Because of the disaster, the state of emergency will be in the next two weeks in Beirut, the government decided on Wednesday. This means that the military is temporarily concerned with security in the capital.
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