Lebanon Explosion: Beirut Death Toll Climbs To 150

Rescue workers dug through the wreckage of buildings looking for survivors after a massive blast killed 150 and injured 5,000 in Beirut.

Jessica David

August 6, 2020

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A massive explosion rocked Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon, on Tuesday evening (August 4), leaving at least 150 dead and nearly 5,000 injured. The blast has been linked to a large supply of confiscated and potentially unsecured explosive material, stored in a warehouse at the city’s port, close to populated areas. As world leaders and international organisations step in to offer assistance, local officials are also launching an investigation into the blast. Authorities scrambled on Wednesday (August 5) to treat the wounded, search for survivors and assess the full extent of the damage.

Lebanese rescue workers dug through the mangled wreckage of buildings, on Wednesday, looking for survivors after a massive warehouse explosion sent a devastating blast wave across Beirut, killing at least 150 people and injuring nearly 5,000. Officials said that the death toll was expected to rise after the blast at port warehouses that stored highly explosive material. The blast took place at 6.07 p.m. (local time) on Tuesday close to many highly-populated areas and tourist sites.

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