The death toll in a powerful explosion that occurred on Tuesday evening in the port of the Lebanese capital of Beirut, may reach one hundred people, and more than 4,000 were injured, the Secretary-General of the Lebanese Red Cross society, Georges Catana, told LBC.
A powerful explosion occurred near the port of Beirut on Tuesday evening. According to the city Governor, half of the city’s buildings are damaged, and hospitals are overcrowded due to a large number of victims. According to the latest data, 78 people were killed and more than 4,000 were injured.
“We have data on more than 4,000 injured people, some of them in serious condition, as well as on the dead, the number of which may reach hundreds. Some of the victims continue to be under the rubble of collapsed buildings,” Catana told the TV channel.
The source said that his organization continues to receive many calls about the dead and injured, blocked in destroyed and dilapidated buildings, which have not been reached yet. Catana also called on the Lebanese authorities to actively move the wounded out of Beirut due to overcrowding in hospitals.
Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab said at a meeting of the Supreme Defense Council that the explosion was caused by improper storage of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate in the port for six years. The government of Lebanon has declared three days of mourning for the victims of the tragedy. A number of countries have offered assistance to Lebanon, including Israel, while field hospitals have sent Qatar and Iraq to Beirut, and who has said it is sending medicines and surgical kits to treat victims in Beirut.