Beirut, Lebanon: 100 killed and thousands injured after huge explosion
At least 100 people have been killed and 4,000 more injured in a huge explosion in Beirut, Lebanon according to latest reports.
Footage shared on social media showed the moment a building several storeys high exploded, sending an enormous shockwave across the city that shattered windows, shook buildings and destroyed homes. An estimated 200,000 people have been left homeless.
The explosion and shockwaves were reportedly heard and felt as far away as Cyprus – more than 200km away.
The destruction of Beirut’s port will devastate the country further as it relies heavily on imports for its essential supplies.
Islamic Relief Lebanon Country Director, Nidal Ali, said:
“Islamic Relief has already started its response – we are looking at providing drinking water and food for people who have lost their homes. In a few days, we will also start helping to clear the streets of the debris caused by the blast, providing people currently out of work with cash to help out. Longer-term we will need to continue providing food parcels, as the seaport has been destroyed, meaning food imports will be significantly reduced to a country that is already on its knees.”