Update: The death toll from the blast is at least 78 people and another 4,000 wounded, Hamad Hasan, the country’s health minister said, according to Reuters.
“There are many people missing until now.
People are asking the emergency department about their loved ones and it is difficult to search at night because there is no electricity. We are facing a real catastrophe and need time to assess the extent of damages.”
A massive explosion and serious shock wave shook the Lebanese capital city of Beirut today.
Emergency workers are presently responding, but the severity of the damage and the number of casualties are unknown.
Videos of the huge blast surfaced on social media almost immediately..
Lebanon’s National New Agency reported that a fire broke out at a fireworks warehouse, suggesting this may have triggered the explosion.
Some observers said they suspected that the massive explosion was caused by the ignition of a massive flammable source like a container full of fertilizer.
A red-orange cloud lingered over part of the city after the explosion. The extent of the damage is currently unknown, but local reports indicate that while the blast was focused on the port area, there was extensive, widespread damage across the city, as well as an unknown number of casualties.
WATCH: Video captures smoke billowing, rubble and debris after the massive explosions at the port of Lebanon's capital Beirut. At least 100 people were killed and over 4,000 were injured in the blasts https://t.co/raTjWfPbEK pic.twitter.com/W8icmJhcG7— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 5, 2020
Got this from Twitter pic.twitter.com/Y3hoIWREW7— Madrasi 👊 (@AffuRida) August 4, 2020
Huge blast in Beirut just now! pic.twitter.com/hId8JhZMKV— Tobias Schneider (@tobiaschneider) August 4, 2020
(via Business Insider)