Fear for distressed children separated from families after the explosion
2,750 Tonnes Of Ammonium Nitrate Exploded: Lebanon PM On Beirut Blasts
Bangalore: Rescuers in Lebanon dug through the rubble and looked for survivors of a powerful explosion in a warehouse that rocked the capital Beirut, killing 100 people and injuring some 4,000 in a toll that officials expected to rise..
Meanwhile, fear that children will be hurt and separated from their families in Tuesday’s powerful explosion. JD Sakr, Save the Children’s Country Director in Lebanon, said:
JD Sakar, Save the Children’s Country Director in Lebanon, said: “We are shocked and devastated by today’s explosion. The death toll may not be known for several days, but what we know is that in a disaster like this Children They may be shocked, Hurt and separated from their parents. Our child protection teams are ready to support government efforts, which will surely last for several days. It is important that children and their families have access to the services they urgently need, including medical care and physical and emotional protection. “
Already recovering from an economic crisis and increasing coronavirus infections, the explosion in the port warehouses that stored highly explosive material was the most powerful in years in Beirut.
An official said preliminary investigations suggest that the excessive explosive material stored in Room 12 was the cause of the blasts. The Lebanese Prime Minister later said 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate exploded at the port.
Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab has called on brotherly and friendly to help his country. He said those responsible for the Beirut ‘catastrophe’ should be held responsible. “The warehouse in which the explosion occurred is dangerous and has been around for 6 years,” said Diab. Later, he said 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded at the port.
The Supreme Defense Council of Lebanon recommended that Beirut be declared a disaster-stricken city and oversaw military security in that disaster-stricken ‘Beirut’.
Before that, however, the witness told that something had fallen from the sky before the explosion; Others said they could hear the aeroplanes before the explosion. A Lebanese woman told: “We heard a plane, then an explosion, as we used to hear in the 2006 Israeli war.”
News reporters said the explosions smashed the windows of nearby buildings, causing a lot of smoke in the sky.
Authorities did not say what caused the explosion. A security source and local media said it started by welding work being carried out on a hole in the warehouse.
Images of the explosion shared by residents on social media showed a plume of smoke from the port, followed by a tremendous explosion, causing white clouds and a fireball in the sky. Those who filmed the incident were thrown back in shock from buildings 2 km (one mile) from the port.
Bleeding people were seen running and screaming for help in the clouds of smoke and dust on the streets with damaged buildings, flying debris, and smashed cars and furniture.
“What we are seeing is a Huge catastrophe,” Lebanese Red Cross chief George Ketani told.:”There are victims and casualties everywhere, on all roads and areas near and far from the explosion.”
Three hours after the explosion, which struck shortly after 6 p.m. (1500 GMT), there is still a fire in the port district, helicopters hovering around the night an orange glow in the sky and ambulance sirens sounded across the capital.
Lebanon’s Health Minister Hamad Hasan announced the death toll and more than 3,000 were injured in the Beirut blast.
Meanwhile, Israel denied any connection to the blasts. An Israeli official told the media: “Israel has nothing to do with the explosion in Beirut.”
Lebanese Interior Minister Brigadier General Mohamed Fahi, accompanied by Prime Minister Hassan Diab, during a visit to the port of Beirut said: “We must wait for an investigation to discover the cause of the explosion.”
Jordanian Seismological Observatory has said that the Beirut explosion is equivalent to a magnitude 4.5 earthquake on the Richter scale.
A security source said the victims were being taken out of town for treatment as Beirut hospitals were already full of wounded People. Red Cross ambulances from the north and south of the country and the Beka Valley to the east were called to deal with the large number of victims.
The Lebanese Prime Minister declared National Day of Mourning on Wednesday.
The afternoon explosion shook many parts of the capital and threw thick smoke from the city centre. Residents report that windows exploded and false ceilings dropping.