A section of the grain silos in Beirut collapsed On Thursday, the same day Lebanon marked the second anniversary of a deadly explosion in the port of Beirut that destroyed the city and damaged the granaries themselves, Nationala UAE-based newspaper, reported.
He added that “a block of silos that was damaged in the Beirut port explosion collapsed on Thursday.” National reported on August 4th.
“The collapse occurred while people were gathering nearby to celebrate the anniversary of the explosion,” the newspaper reported.
A randomly stored shipment of ammonium nitrate, which is commonly used in fertilizers, ignited on August 4, 2020, in the port of Beirut, causing a massive combustion. Grain silos near Beirut received much of the impact of the blast and helped protect the western part of the city from the blast.
The granaries were severely damaged during the accident and were thus in a vulnerable state when a fire broke out at the facility around July 8 due to high summer temperatures. fire expanded “After the fire reached nearby electrical wires,” the Lebanese government said. The fire lasted until July 31, when “two towers fell into the northern section of the silos which were badly damaged”, AFP mentioned. This same fire was reported to have been intense at the grain silo facility in Beirut on 4 August when it caused the collapse of an additional section of warehouses.
“The Silos’ northern block, made up of four towers, slowly tilted for several days before collapsing, causing a huge cloud of dust,” The Associated Press (AP) mentionednoting that Thursday’s collapse affected nearly 25 percent of the grain storage site.
Authorities had evacuated parts of the port earlier this week – after an initial section of the silos collapsed on Sunday [July 31] – As a precaution and there was no indication that anyone had been injured,” according to the Associated Press.
The explosion of the Port of Beirut on August 4, 2020, killed approximately 220 people and injured more than 6000 others. The explosion devastated large swathes of Beirut, an ancient coastal city on the Mediterranean and the national capital of Lebanon, resulting in billions of dollars in losses. Lebanon was suffering economically just before the explosion, and thus was not well equipped to face the disaster. combustion destructive Much of Beirut’s food supply was blown up when the city’s granaries blew up, damaging tons of corn and wheat that Lebanon could not replace.
The Lebanese government has led an official investigation into the root cause of the accident, although the investigation has repeatedly stalled over the past 24 months.
“Officials in the Lebanese government – including President Michel Aoun and then-Prime Minister Hassan Diab – had prior knowledge of the explosive materials stored unsafely in the port, but failed to do anything about it.” National mentioned On June 16.
The newspaper pointed out that the ammonium nitrate was neglected in the port of Beirut, which was said to have remained in the port for years.
“[M]The hardline Lebanese authorities were, at the very least, criminally negligent under Lebanese law in their handling of the shipment, creating an unreasonable risk to life.” Identifies In August 2021 citing evidence available at the time.