The explosion in the port of Beirut killed at least 78 people and injured 3,700 people on Tuesday. Those numbers may rise even further, as many people are still buried under the rubble.

Hamad Hassan, the Lebanese health minister, released the figures overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday (local time). Among the many injured are five employees of the Dutch embassy. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports that one of them is seriously injured.

Shortly after a fire broke out in a shed early in the evening, a huge explosion followed. It could be felt everywhere in the city. Many windows and roofs died; many buildings have been razed to the ground in the immediate vicinity of the explosion. The warehouse was located near the center of Beirut, where many embassies and hotels are located.

According to the European seismological institute EMSC, the vibration of the explosion could be felt as far as Cyprus, about 250 kilometers from Beirut.


Big fireball and shock wave in explosion in Beirut

Lebanon declares a state of emergency for two weeks

It is still unclear what caused the fire and whether it was intentional.

According to local security services, more than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate had been stored since 2014. Lebanese President Michel Aoun called this "unacceptable" on Tuesday evening.

At a news conference, Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab said those responsible for the massive explosion in a "dangerous" warehouse will "pay the price."

Lebanon has declared a state of emergency for the next two weeks.


Chaos in Beirut streets after massive explosion in port

See also: What we know so far about the Beirut explosion