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Beirut Port Blast: Death toll rises to 190


Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

30th Aug, 2020. 07:09 pm
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Beirut explosion: Lebanon's army finds 4.35 tonnes more explosive chemicals

Lebnon’s caretaker government has issued a report on Sunday stating that the death toll from Beirut’s port blast has risen to 190 with more than 6,500 people injured, and three of the victims are still missing.

The Lebanese authorities are still searching the cause of the highly explosive material stored unsafely for years that caused the blast and wrecked swathes of the city.

On Saturday, the Lebanese army said that seven people including three Lebanese, three Syrians, and one Egyptian were still missing. However, it was not instantly clear if someone had been found since the deadly explosion.


According to a report issued by the presidency of the council of ministers that the Beirut port blast occurred on August 4th had left 300,000 people homeless and caused $15 billion damage in the city.

The report stated that 50,000 houses, nine major hospitals, and a total of 178 schools in the city had been damaged. The outgoing government quit over the blast.

On Monday, the presidency will talk to parliamentary blocs to designate a new prime minister, a day before French President Emmanuel Macron visits the country to press leaders to act to save the country from a deep financial crisis rooted in endemic corruption and mismanagement.


It should be mentioned here that upon initial investigation, the local authorities blamed  Ammonium nitrate, the chemical compound, as the cause of the Beirut blast.

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