Lebanese President Michel Aoun has called for an emergency cabinet meeting today, Wednesday 5 August, following a mass explosion that happened yesterday in Beirut, after a warehouse fire at the port killed at least 100 civilians leaving about 4,000 injured.
The president during the meeting said a two-week state of emergency should be declared following the tragic explosion that sent shock waves across the city, causing widespread damage as far as the outskirts of the capital.
Officials say they expect the death toll to rise further as emergency workers dig through the wreckage to search for survivors.
Beirut’s city governor Marwan Abboud said that up to 300,000 people have lost their homes as authorities are working on providing them with food and water.
The cause of the explosion has not been clear yet although officials have linked the blast to some 2,750 tons of confiscated ammonium nitrate that was being stored at the port for about six years.
Emergency medical aid and pop-up field hospitals have been dispatched to Lebanon as the world offers its support and pays tribute to the victims of the huge explosion that devastated Beirut.
To show solidarity during this tragic time, French President, Emmanuel Macron announced he would fly to Beirut with two planes loaded with French rescue workers and aid to speed up the rescue and save more lives. The Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Poland, and the Netherlands are taking part in the effort while other countries are expected to join.