Wednesday, August 4, marks the first anniversary of the tragic Beirut Port blast. This blast is one of the fiercest in the past few years.
Unfortunately, Lebanon is still suffering from the aftermath of this accident on political, social, and economic levels.
The blast that hit the port after an explosion of very dangerous and flammable material. Shortly, a huge and unforgettable explosion shook the whole of Lebanon.
My God. Lebanon economy collapsing and now this massive explosion. Beirut port (and a lot more, from the looks of it) utterly destroyed. Can’t imagine the human toll we are going to see. pic.twitter.com/vljWYftJWE
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) August 4, 2020
The earliest toll of victims counted as 25 dead, and 2500 injured, before this toll tragically rose to 78 dead.
Lebanese residents said that the sounds of the tragedy were heard in whole Lebanon, or as the Lebanese said from the sea to the mountain.
In the same context, more than 300,000 fled their cracked, broken homes for having more secured places after several streets also cracked by the strength of the bomb. Furthermore, it caused a fair magnitude that was felt by people in Syria, Turkey, and Cyprus.
Two days after the catastrophe, new data showed that the death toll of the accident rose to 137, and almost a thousand persons were injured.
Beirut didn’t stop shedding tears as in the heart of the tragedy a whole team of civilian security forces disappeared and their bodies were not found again due to the explosion.
In addition, the destruction that hit the port affected the whole state’s storage and shares of crops, bread flour, food, raw material.
The aftermath of the accident also impacted hospitals which were full of injured and dead more than the capability of the medical system of Lebanon. It is worthy mentioning that Lebanon’s medical system was already suffering due to the earliest and first waves of COVID-19.
After the half-empty streets that Lebanon saw amid the pandemic, they became crowded with homeless, ill, frustrated, tormented, and injured.
Since then, Lebanon experiences an unsolved political situation due to the failure of the latest Prime Ministers to form a cabinet, and the ongoing conflict among political sects and movements, alongside, a collapse of the Lebanese economy which left people chasing the ghosts of hunger, poverty, and poor-energy resources.
Although a year passed on the tragedy, Lebanon is still trapped in such a devastating nightmare. Especially, as several institutions accused politicians that they are hindering the investigation regarding the causes of the port’s explosion, and the motives behind storing such dangerous chemicals in the port amid the blast.
It is worthy mentioning that several countries sent to Lebanon immediate aid- Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Sisi ordered officials to send aid to Lebanon; an Egyptian military field hospital in Lebanon opened its door to treat all the injured Lebanese.
But, regardless of tragedy, Lebanon will rise again!