Collapse of part of the grain silos in the port of Beirut

Collapse of part of the grain silos in the port of Beirut

The fire rekindled the trauma of relatives of victims of the explosion of August 4, 2020 which killed more than 200 people.

Part of the damaged grain silos at the port of Beirut collapsed following a fire on Sunday, days before the second anniversary of the devastating explosion in this port.

A cloud of dust covered the harbor after two towers collapsed.

More than two weeks ago, a fire broke out in the upper part of most damaged silos, caused according to authorities and experts by the fermentation of remaining grain stocks, combined with high temperatures.

The fire rekindled the trauma of relatives of victims of the explosion of August 4, 2020, left more than 200 dead and 6,500 injured and devastated entire neighborhoods of the Lebanese capital.

The August 4 explosion was set off in a warehouse housing hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate stored carelessly. Hit hard by the blast of the explosion, the grain silos of the port had partially collapsed.

The flames and smoke emerging from the start of the month silos were still visible.

After the fire, Prime Minister Najib Mikati warned this week that part of the silos were in danger of collapsing and called on the military and the Disaster Management Directorate to be in state of alert.

More than two weeks ago, a fire broke out in the most damaged silos.

Parts of the silos still contain some 3,000 tons of wheat and other grains that could not be removed due to danger of collapse, authorities said.

The Ministries of Environment and Health have issued recommendations for the public in the event of silo collapses, including the need for to evacuate the area, wear masks and close the windows of the accommodation.

In April, Lebanon ordered the demolition of the silos, but the decision was suspended due to the opposition of the relatives of the victims of the tragedy who want to make it a place of memory.

The investigation into the causes of the tragedy of August 4, 2020 is suspended for months due to political obstruction. Pointed out for criminal negligence, the authorities are accused by the families of the victims and NGOs of torpedoing her to avoid charges.

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