Damage from Beirut blast could reach $15 billion

By | August 5, 2020
Damage from Beirut blast could reach $15 billion

The damage from the powerful explosion in Beirut could amount to $15 billion, the city’s governor, Marwan Abboud, said.
Earlier, he estimated the populated capital of Lebanon with damage of 3-5 billion dollars.
“The losses inflicted on the country are greater than stated, and can amount to 10 to 15 billion dollars,” Abboud’s statement quoted RIA Novosti as saying.
A powerful explosion occurred in the port of Beirut in Lebanon on Tuesday evening. Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diyab said 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate had been improperly stored in the Beirut port for six years. According to the latest data, the victims of the explosion were at least 113 people, about five thousand were injured.
Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan called the situation in Beirut a “disaster in the full sense of the word.” He specified that four hospitals had been completely destroyed by the explosion, patients had been transferred to other medical facilities, but that a large number of victims could not get help because of the lack of hospital beds.
As noted by journalists of Cypriot TV channels, the sound of the explosion was heard in the capital of the island state of Nicosia (the distance between Nicosia and Beirut is about 240 kilometers, – Ed.).

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