“There is no word to describe the horrors of the disaster that occurred in Beirut yesterday,” Lebanese President Michel Aoun said during a disaster meeting on Wednesday, the Lebanese news agency reported.
Aoun thanked emergency workers and officials and promised to carry out a full investigation into why a warehouse storing an estimated 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate at a shipping port exploded, as the cause is still unclear.
Beirut Governor Marwan Abboud also said on Wednesday that the cost of damage to the capital, already under economic pressure, could be between $ 3 billion and $ 5 billion, adding that the blast had left at least 200,000 people homeless.
At a White House poll on Tuesday, President Donald Trump said the blast looked “like a terrible attack”
The blast was so large that it could be felt and heard in large parts of the city and to the island of Cyprus – about 145 km away.