Beirut explosion death toll rises to 135 and 5,000 wounded

International Desk
6 August 2020, Thu
Published: 07:21

Beirut explosion death toll rises to 135 and 5,000 wounded

Two enormous explosions devastated Beirut's port on Tuesday, leaving at least 135 people killed and more than five thousand injured in Lebanese capital.

Lebanon’s cabinet declared a two-week state of emergency in the capital city and handed control of security in the capital to the military.

The explosion on Tuesday sent shockwaves across the city, causing widespread damage as far as the outskirts of Beirut.

Officials said they expect the death toll to rise further as emergency workers dig through the rubble to search for survivors.

Beirut’s city governor Marwan Abboud said up to 300,000 people have lost their homes and authorities are working on providing them with food, water and shelter.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear. Officials linked the blast to some 2,750 tonnes of confiscated ammonium nitrate that were being stored in a warehouse at the port for six years.

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