Beirut Blast has violently shaken the whole of Lebanon, and the situation is in a complete mess. According to the health minister of Lebanon, 78 people are dead, and more than 4,000 are severely injured in the explosion that took place on Tuesday. The state’s hospitals are packed with wounded and injured people, while the search is still going on for the missing people. And the numbers of dead are expected to go higher with time as even many people are missing.
In the video posted later showed the wounded people bleeding amid the dust and rubble; and damage where flying debris had punched holes in walls and furniture. According to the Lebanese Red Cross, every available ambulance from North Lebanon, Bekaa, and South Lebanon is being dispatched to Beirut to help patients. The immense number of patients who were severely wounded was overflowing the city’s hospital, resulted in the shifting of patients to the other hospitals that are outside the city.
According to the announcement made by Public Health Minister Hamad Hassan, his ministry would cover the costs of treating the wounded at hospitals, and the decision includes both the hospitals that have contracts with the ministry as well as those that don’t. And, the other announcement was made by Prime Minister Hassan Diab that Wednesday would be a national day of mourning.
On Twitter, the Lebanese presidency said that President Michel Aoun had instructed the military to aid in the response, and called an emergency meeting of the Supreme Defense Council, which declared Beirut a disaster area.
Beirut Blast: A massive blast was followed by a considerable loss of life and property
Altogether, two explosions took place in Beirut, and they were more than enough to shake it completely. The first one was a bit small and the second one was the major one. The immense force of the blast overturned cars damaged and shook buildings turning them to debris and killing several people. The gigantic explosion took place at 6:08 p.m. that blew out everything.
The secretary-general of the Kataeb political party, Nizar Najarian, was killed in the blast. Plus, Kamal Hayek, the chairman of the state-owned electricity company, is in critical condition.
Beirut Blast: What was the reason behind it?
The government stored a large cache of explosive material years ago at the place where the blast took place. Among them, it was specifically ammonium nitrate, which is commonly used in both fertilizer and bombs.
Mr. Diab said in a statement, “Facts on this dangerous depot, which has existed since 2014 or the past six years, will be announced. What happened today will not come to pass without accountability. Those responsible will pay the price for this catastrophe to the martyrs and wounded people. This is a national commitment.”
The blast stirred many old memories for all the people there, and the sunset was pink, but the color of the ground rested in red and dust.