300k Lebanese Refuse to leave damaged homes after blast

300k Lebanese Refuse to leave damaged homes after blast

BEIRUT: The Lebanese capital is still in mourning Friday after a massive blast hit the Port of Beirut earlier this week and left damages estimated between $10 to 15 billion.

The blast caused the deaths of 154 people and 6,000 injuries, in addition to dozens of people missing, Anadolu Agency reported.

Diabetic and hypertension sufferer Fadia Naser told Anadolu Agency that at the moment of the blast she hugged her son and closed their eyes.

“We thought it was fire shooting at the beginning, I went to check what’s happening when I felt something like an earthquake.” she said.

“When we opened our eyes we didn’t see each other because of the dust. In a moment everything was damaged.”

Karmen Alam said “she heard planes’ sounds that was followed by an explosion. Within less than a second, we were injured but survived.”

“We don’t know what will happen more than what happened. May Allah bestow His mercy on the martyrs,” she said.

There are an estimated 300,000 residents who have been displaced in Beirut as a result of the massive blast, according to a statement by Governor Marwan Abboud, but most refused to leave their homes that have no walls and windows.

Mayor Jamal Itani confirmed “most of the people don’t want to leave their homes … that’s why we only provided accommodation to 10 families outside the capital.”

He said the municipality sent teams with aid to families and to help remove rubble from homes and help in sealing broken windows.

“What was provided is insufficient and we seek with donor countries to find solutions,” he said.

The government announced the formation of an investigation committee to probe the deadly blast within a period of five days, while others demanded it conduct an international investigation.

The blast rocked Lebanon while the country is experiencing its worst economic crisis, including a dramatic drop in the value of the pound against the dollar. 

— BERNAMA


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