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Disrupted Beirut

A nearly bankrupt country which has finally come to some vague understanding of peace has been struck with a horrible tragedy, killing dozens and injuring thousands. Beirut, Lebanon saw 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate blew up on Tuesday. This ammonium nitrate had been idle in containers for nearly 6+ years. Let us look at what has happened in the last week in a short and concise manner.

Lebanon has had a free-falling economy for a good amount of time now, the corona pandemic only heightened this when production shut down and people were laid off from their jobs. The impact isn't just contained in the loss of life of locals we also see a UN ship damaged alongside peacekeepers being hurt.

The country's medical systems which were already overwhelmed have to now perform harder than ever before to help all those affected, although this time it has to do so with a shortage of doctors. People who were present at the site said that it felt like an Earthquake, geological departments have said that it was equivalent to a 4.5 Richter Earthquake.

Post the blast a state of mourning for 3 days was imposed alongside a cry for international aid.We also have statements saying those who didn't store the chemical properly would be strictly punished.The blast came at a rather vulnerable time for the Lebanese because within a few days from the blast a verdict was about to be given related to the ex-Prime Minister who was killed in 2005.

Emmanuel Macron was the first to visit the country with a promise of international aid. Macron also talked about political reforms which were to bring back the country onto the right track.Macron also emphasised on international aid coming through NGOs so that it goes to the right people.

The nation has seen a lot within a span of a mere week, hopefully, it receives the proper aid required, unless it'll fall into a state of anarchy once again. Till Next Time,


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