Parts of warehouse in port Beirutin Lebanon, on Sunday (31), which formed a large cloud of smoke that took over the city’s port area.
The collapse, which occurred exactly two years after a massive explosion that also killed 215 people in the city’s port, was caused by the fermentation of grain inside the warehouses, caused by excessive heat.
The moment a warehouse collapses in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, on July 31, 2022. – Photo: Reproduction
The city police said there were no injuries so far. Earlier this month, a fire was seen in the 48-meter warehouse, causing orange smoke in the area. At the time, firefighters were unable to put out the burning flames for weeks.
Last week, the Lebanese Ministry of Health and Environment recommended residents of areas near the port to leave their well-ventilated homes. The warehouse structure was already damaged after the explosion of 2020And part of it ended up collapsing in the fire.
The grain depot area in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, after a warehouse collapse, July 31, 2022. Photo: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters
Due to the intense heat wave that hit Beirut in July, the grain that was stored in the warehouses of the port fermented, which led to the outbreak of fire, and later collapse.
Video showing a massive 2020 explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, in slow motion.
The explosion occurs exactly two years after the explosion A massive explosion in the port of Beirut killed more than 215 people And left more than six thousand wounded.
The accident occurred after hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate were leaked from one of the city’s warehouses.
Last year, the NGO Human Rights Watch accused the Lebanese authorities of criminal negligence in the incident. In a 126-page report, the NGO documented a series of abuses by the country’s politicians and security services in managing the storage of hazardous materials at the port.
Lebanese officials knew the danger posed by ammonium nitrate. “By not taking any measures to protect the population, they have tacitly accepted this risk,” said Aya Majzoub, one of the report’s authors.
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