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Up to 300,000 left homeless by Beirut explosion

PanArmenian.Net
06 Aug 2020, 00:07 GMT+10

PanARMENIAN.Net - Beirut's city governor Marwan Abboud said up to 300,000 people have lost their homes and authorities are working on providing them with food, water and shelter, Al Jazeera reports.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun called for an emergency cabinet meeting on Wednesday, August 5, and said a two-week state of emergency should be declared following a massive explosion in Beirut that killed at least 100 people and injured 4,000 others. Among the casualties, there are Armenians too.

The explosion on Tuesday sent shockwaves across the city, causing widespread damage as far as the outskirts of the capital.

Officials said they expect the death toll to rise further as emergency workers dig through the rubble to search for survivors.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear. Officials linked the blast to some 2,750 tonnes of confiscated ammonium nitrate that were being stored in a warehouse at the port for six years.

Aoun assembled the country's High Defence Council following the explosion.

Prime Minister Hassan Diab called for a day of mourning on Wednesday.

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