Hundreds of thousands of people homeless in Beirut after the explosion.
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Lebanese authorities reported that up to 300,000 people have been left homeless after yesterday’s explosion severly damaged buildings in a wide area. At least 100 people have been reportedly killed in the explosion, but the number is expected to be rise. Around 4,000 people have been injured.
In the aftermath of the explosion, the scene was one of chaos, with shattered glass everywhere and overturned cars. Half of the city has been affected by the explosion, in a city that unfortunately has suffered similiar explosions in the past, but not in this magnitude. The cause of the explosion is still unclear, but the government linked the explosion to the 2,750 tonnes of confiscated ammonium nitrate that was stored in a warehouse in the port for six years.
Governor Marwan Abboud estimates damages between $3-5 billion, and ‘maybe more’. The country is already passed through a financial crisis, as it is experiencing its worst crisis in decades.