The terrible moments they went through, Tuesday night, Beirut residents are hard to remember. The people were literally and figuratively shocked by the devastating explosion in the harbor, surprised, and the people got different reactions and tried to take shelter where they were caught by the explosion, whether they were on the street, in Churchat home or even during pre-wedding photography.
What was meant to be a photograph wedding is now a testimony of a catastrophe. A young woman posing in a wedding dress was caught by the explosion that shattered all the windows in the surrounding buildings.
A priest was caught in the explosion in the church while sending the service online. It is grounded by objects falling from the ceiling.
Customers in a store searched desperately a safe place after the shop windows were blown.
THE African granddaughter saved the little girl he care. The blast shattered all the windows in the house, and the woman quickly and quickly removed the child before she was injured by the cuts.
And youThe father hid with his son under the table, after who first thought there was an earthquake.
The governor of Beirut burst into tears as he walked through the area destroyed by the explosion. He compared his city to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Here is the moment:
And in fact, the Beirut explosion had 10% of the power of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb. This is the opinion of some British researchers, who believe that the explosion had the strength of 1500 tons of TNT. Which also explains the apocalyptic landscape that has been left behind. A sad and painful memory and a strange coincidence, for today, August 6, 2020, marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
Lebanon’s capital is now half-destroyed, 300,000 people remain on the roads and the damage is approaching five billion dollars.
And the number of victims continues to rise: at present we are talking about 135 dead and 5,000 injured, but hundreds of people are still missing.
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A two-week emergency has been declared in Beirut, while rescue teams from several countries are on their way to the city to lend a helping hand to desperate Lebanese.
Until Tuesday night, such images seemed unrealistic to Beirut residents. The explosion caused by the ignition of 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate changed this. Now people are trying to find out what happened to them and recover from the shock of their lives.
“I went through the war, but I never saw anything like it. Where are we going now? Beirut was completely destroyed in an instant,” said a local.
“It was chaos, everything was destroyed, windows, stairs … It was a nightmare, for the first time I felt the method of death,” admits another.
The journalist threw himself to the ground from the explosion during the transmission
A nightmare that a BBC journalist went through, threw to the ground of the explosion even during a live broadcast.
At the zero point of the explosion, a huge crater formed instead of the key on which the chemical fertilizer was stored. All nearby buildings have been completely destroyed and the damage is enormous. This, in the context where Lebanon was already facing a serious economic crisis, to which it was inflicted the one caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are determined to make all necessary investigations and reveal what happened as soon as possible and to punish the culprits,” promised Lebanese President Michel Aoun.
A few hours after this statement, the first measures were taken: all officials who have been responsible for port security for the past six years have been placed under house arrest. They are guilty of failing to take care of the 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored there since 2014 that would have landed on a Russian ship under the Moldovan flag.
The situation is therefore desperate for Lebanon, which has been supported by several countries: France, the Czech Republic, Germany, Egypt and the Netherlands, for example, which will send support to the country, and evidence of solidarity continues to come from all over the world.
“We have the ability to look for victims under the rubble. At the same time, we have the capacity to offer medical help, to help the wounded who have never been to overcrowded hospitals,” said French Colonel Vincent Tissier.
According to the local press, the origin of the explosion that shaved much of the Lebanese capital was a fire started by a worker using the welding machine. Its sparks ignited the explosives stored nearby.
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