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World How the Beirut explosion was a government failure

22:21  22 september  2020
22:21  22 september  2020 Source:   vox.com

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Share All sharing options for: How the Beirut explosion was a government failure . On August 4, 2020, a massive explosion rocked the port of Beirut , the capital city of Lebanon. A fire had erupted in a warehouse that stored 2,700 metric tons of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical.

A devastating explosion in Beirut on 4 August killed at least 200 people and injured thousands. About 30 seconds later, there was a colossal explosion that sent a mushroom cloud into the air and media captionStarting with the epicentre, we follow how the 4 August blast ripped through the city

  How the Beirut explosion was a government failure

On August 4, 2020, a massive explosion rocked the port of Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon. A fire had erupted in a warehouse that stored 2,700 metric tons of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical. The result was one of the largest accidental explosions in history. More than 200 people died and thousands were wounded.

The problem though, is it was just the latest catastrophe to occur in Lebanon. Over the past few years the country’s economic has collapsed. The currency has fallen nearly 80 percent in value and unemployment is surging. Thousands of Lebanese have taken to the streets to demand an end to government corruption.

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How big were the blasts? The second explosion was like an earthquake, witnesses said, and was felt in Cyprus, more than 100 miles away. The governor of Beirut , Marwan Aboud, told reporters on Wednesday that half of the city had been damaged, with the financial toll expected to surpass billion.

The Lebanese government is reportedly about to resign amid mounting anger over last Tuesday's explosion in Beirut that killed more than 200 people. The president and prime minister have said the explosion was the result of the detonation of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been stored

Watch this episode of Vox Atlas to understand what the explosion means for Lebanon and why the government is to blame.

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How the Beirut explosion was a government failure .

Many in Lebanon say government negligence led to the explosion media captionAerial footage shows flattened buildings after an explosion in Beirut 's port area. The thing that really strikes me is how enormously stupid it was , what criminal negligence it took to leave this highly explosive material


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In Beirut, one in four children could be deprived of school after the explosion .
© AFP / Anwar Amro Beirut (Lebanon), September 16. People are helping rebuild a house damaged by the explosion in the Port of Beirut. This is one of the consequences of the serious explosion that hit the port of Beirut in early August. A quarter of the children of the Lebanese capital could be deprived of school, warns this Monday the non-governmental organization International Rescue Committee (IRC).

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