China News Service, August 7 reported that a large-scale explosion in the Lebanese capital Beirut has caused at least 157 deaths and thousands of injuries. As the search and rescue work continues, the death toll is expected to rise. At present, the Lebanese military justice agency has arrested 16 employees involved in the port and said it will investigate related incidents and personnel.
On August 5, local time, after a violent explosion occurred in the Beirut port area of Lebanon, the buildings on the scene were severely damaged.
The number of victims continues to climb!
At around 18:00 local time on August 4, a large-scale explosion in the Beirut port area of Lebanon has been affecting people's hearts for days. The latest news shows that at least 157 people have been killed and another 5,000 were injured. As the search and rescue operations for missing persons under the rubble near the port continue, the number of victims is expected to continue to increase.
The Lebanese government blamed the huge explosion in Beirut on the 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in the city’s port. People are angry and unbelievable that so many potentially explosive materials have been stored in warehouses for six years without any safety measures and are close to the city center.
The Lebanese government gave the investigation committee to investigate the explosion four days to determine responsibility for the accident.
The Lebanese National News Agency said that Judge Fadi Akiki, the government representative of the military court, said that so far, more than 18 people have been questioned, including port and customs officials. Currently, 16 people are detained and others are still under investigation.
At around 6 pm on August 4, local time, a huge explosion occurred in the port area of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. Many houses were damaged, glass was shattered, and pink mushroom clouds and dense smoke rose in the sky.
Losses up to 15 billion U.S. dollars
Environmental experts: The mushroom cloud has disappeared
The port of Beirut is Lebanon's main trade gateway, and the authorities have begun to assess damage to the port area. As the grain silos where grains are stored have been destroyed, how to make sure the domestic supply of wheat to ensure food security has become a top priority. At the same time, the authorities have to settle the people who lost their homes in the explosion as soon as possible, and maintain the supply of medical resources and alleviate environmental disasters.
Economist and financial adviser to the President of Lebanon, Charbel Cordahi (Charbel Cordahi) estimates that, including compensation, the damage caused by the explosion is about $15 billion.
He emphasized that if there is no international aid plan, "Lebanon will not survive this disaster."
The impact of the explosion on the environment is still unclear. However, environmental expert Mostapha Raad said that mushroom clouds containing nitric acid drifted from the land to the sea with the wind, which may prevent a greater disaster.
Ladd pointed out: "We are worried that the ammonium nitrate residue may cause the weather to cool down and produce acid rain. However, according to tests on air samples, the results are clean and the mushroom cloud has disappeared over the sea."
On August 5, local time, on the outskirts of Doha, Qatar, Qatar began to deliver field hospitals and medical aid supplies from Ude Air Force Base to Lebanon.
A number of foreign aid field hospitals were completed
Will effectively relieve the pressure on the hospital
After the explosion, hospital beds in Lebanon were in a hurry. On the 6th local time, a number of foreign-assisted field hospitals were completed and put into use.
According to the Lebanese National News Agency, Lebanese Minister of Health Hamad Hassan went to Beirut City Stadium and the Lebanese University campus on the same day to inspect field hospitals aided by Russia and Iran.
According to Lebanese media reports, the field hospital aided by Russia can accommodate 100 to 150 beds.
"It is an extremely important step for the field hospital to be completed and put into use. Then patients can be admitted according to the field hospital's expertise. This will effectively alleviate the pressure currently facing Lebanese hospitals." Hassan said that there will be six field hospitals in different areas of Beirut.