The Government and the citizenry of Lebanon are still stunned after double explosion that ravaged its capital of Beirut. The Middle Eastern country is gradually trying to heal its serious wounds while the emotion is still gripping near the port district, epic-enter of the explosion.
On Tuesday, when the explosion had just occurred, the governor of Beirut Marwan Abboud, did not hide his distress at the microphone of the Arabic version of Sky News.
“I HAVE NEVER SEEN THAT IN MY LIFE, SUCH A BIG DISASTER, IT’S CATASTROPHIC. IT’S A DISASTER FOR LEBANON,” HE EXPLAINED, VISIBLY MOVED.
Seconds later, Marwan Abboud, who has been in office since June of this year, said to the verge of tears that the incident was “a national disaster” for the country. He also compared the explosions to those that hit the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, bombed with atomic weapons by the Americans at the end of World War II.
“I DON’T KNOW HOW WE’RE GOING TO GET UP AFTER THAT. WE HAVE TO STAY STRONG. WE HAVE TO BE COURAGEOUS,” HE SAID, REFERRING TO THE SERIOUS ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, AND DEMOGRAPHIC CRISIS THAT HAS AFFECTED LEBANON FOR SEVERAL YEARS NOW.
According to a new temporary report released this Wednesday morning by the Lebanese Red Cross, the two explosions left 100 dead and more than 4,000 injured, as well as major material damage. 300 inhabitants are now homeless, and half of the city has suffered damage.
According to the first progress of the investigation and the words of Prime Minister Hassane Diab on Tuesday, the explosion could be due to the presence of a cargo of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrates, stored at the port.