78 Die, Over 4000 Injured in Massive Beirut Blast
At least 78 people died with more than 4,000 left injured in a huge explosion in Lebanon’s capital Beirut. The blast began with a fire at the port that exploded into a mushroom cloud, shaking the whole city on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Hassan Diab said at a defence council meeting that about 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate was stored in the Beirut port warehouse, unsafely for past six years.
“It is unacceptable that a shipment of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate has been present for six years in a warehouse, without taking preventive measures,” a spokesman said at a press conference as per AFP.
“It is unacceptable and we cannot remain silent on this issue,” the spokesperson added.
According to a report published in BBC, President Michel Aoun has scheduled an urgent cabinet meeting for Wednesday, announcing the emergency funds of 100 billion lira (£50.5m; $66m). He is also planning to declare a two-week state of emergency.
An official period of mourning will be observed in Lebanon for three days from Wednesday.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed shock and grief at killings in Beirut massive explosions.
“Shocked and saddened by the large explosion in Beirut city leading to loss of life and property. Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families and the injured (sic),” the PMO handle quoted Modi as saying on Twitter.
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