More than 200,000 left homeless by Beirut explosion, governor says

Beirut (dpa) – More than 200,000 people have become homeless after a massive blast at Beirut port destroyed many buildings, the city's governor, Marwan Abboud, said.

He told MTV news that between 200,000 and 250,000 people had lost their homes and authorities are working on providing them with food, water and shelter.
Abboud had revealed that a security report from 2014 warned of the possibility of an explosion in Lebanon's capital as highly explosive materials had not been stored in a way to ensure public safety.
"We lost 10 members of the Beirut Fire Brigade and damages range between 3 [billion] and 5 billion dollars and maybe more," Abboud said.
Prime Minister Hassan Diab said on Tuesday the blast was due to around 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse in Beirut's port for six years without safety measures.

Wednesday, August 5th 2020

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