On August 4th, the port of Beirut, Lebanon was engulfed in a massive explosion that shook the whole city. The explosion is believed to have been started by a fire near the grain silos, which spread to a warehouse that held 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate. Initially, there was a large explosion in the warehouse, followed by several smaller explosions that locals described as sounding like fireworks. Half a minute later, a final explosion occurred, creating a supersonic shockwave, mushroom cloud, and enough pressure to level the buildings surrounding the port, injure around 5,000 people, and kill close to 200.
This tragedy could not have come at a worse time for the Lebanese government. The country was recently hit hard with rising cases of COVID-19, and the already packed hospitals became flooded with victims of the explosion. This is why Lebanon needs aid from foreign countries more than ever.
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Written by Ben, District 9