The devastating news of an explosion in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, has left people distraught. A country which has already been experiencing tremendous hardship such as inflation and food instability has now been hit by an explosion killing up to 73 people and injuring as many as 3,000 people. It is said that a major fire broke out near the Beirut city’s port leading to an uncontrollable fire. The National Council for Scientific Research said a warehouse containing ammonium nitrate, an explosive gas, was the source of the incident.
The explosion was felt in neighbouring cities as far as Cyprus, 234 km from the area of the explosion. A cloud of red smoke continues to cover the sky. It is reported that ammonium nitrate gas is spreading in the atmosphere after the blast and civilians are advised to wear masks to prevent further casualties. Moreover, hospitals are full and many people are reporting loved ones missing. Many believe that their loved ones are buried under the rubbles.
A country which has already been experiencing tremendous hardship such as inflation and food instability has now been hit by an explosion killing up to 73 people, and injuring as many as 3,000 people. Many hospitals and ICUs are full. Officials are urging those who can to donate blood.
Medical officials are urging people in the country to donate blood if they can. This is a humanitarian disaster. Beirut is already struggling, as hospitals don’t have enough beds in the ICU. Some hospitals are going through an electricity crisis forcing them to turn away the injured. We ask people to please donate blood if you are in the area.
It’s heartbreaking to be met with the reality that while people went about their day in Beirut, their lives were taken away in such a cruel manner. One minute, you are a part of this world and the next, it’s taken away. We pray for the families affected by this devastating incident and hope their pain is eased.