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The cataclysmic Beirut explosion. Everything you need to know.

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Beirut, a very peaceful city and also the capital and the largest city of Lebanon, experienced a catastrophic explosion on the 4th of August 2020, Tuesday.

The disastrous blast, which appeared to have been caused by a fire igniting 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate left unsecured in a warehouse, was felt as far away as Cyprus, some 150 miles (240 kilometres) to the northwest.

The Beirut explosion gained global attention as people recorded the explosion on their phones. The resulting footage, which was widely shared on social media, shows a ball of fire and smoke rising above Beirut and a white shockwave engulfing everything around it.

The explosion had a huge ripple effect causing over hundreds of casualties. It led to an earthquake of 3.3 magnitude as per the seismologists in Lebanon.

“The Apocalypse” read the headline of L’Orient-Le Jour, the main French-language daily in Lebanon, a country that has seen its share of explosions in its recent past, but none quite this big. The Prime Minister Hassan Daib spoke about this situation and said, “Those responsible for this catastrophe will pay the price.”

This massive explosion crippled Beirut’s economy. Thousands of people are homeless. Hospitals are full of severely injured people. The city is also struggling with the novel corona virus. As far as the pandemic is concerned, there are over 4000 active covid cases.

The cataclysmic explosion has resulted in an estimated $3 billion to $5 billion worth of damage as per the governor of Beirut, Marwan Abboud.

Apparently, the death toll is now 100 and there are over 4000 people who are wounded. However, the Russian government is sending five planes of medical equipment and a team of medical practitioners to Beirut. They are setting up a field hospital for those injured in Beirut, said the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations.

It’s still not exactly clear what ignited the explosion, but questions are being raised by the 4 million citizens of Beirut who woke up to destruction and fire, and damage to their city and their lives, as to why such dangerous chemicals were stored in the middle of the city and why adequate safety measures were not taken.

This massive explosion has saddened and shook everyone to the core. This unfortunate incident has affected everyone tremendously. Nevertheless, our thoughts and prayers are with the citizens of Beirut.