Grain silos in Beirut have collapsed

“Two towers have collapsed so far and two more are at risk of collapsing,” mentioned Social Affairs Minister Ali Hamieh to the AFP information company.

The silo complicated was closely broken following the big explosion that occurred on August 4, 2020 after ammonium nitrate fertilizer caught hearth. The explosion killed over 200 folks and injured 6,500.

In April, the federal government ordered the silo complicated to be demolished attributable to security issues, which was halted attributable to objections from kinfolk of the blast victims who need the silos preserved as a spot of remembrance.

— We need a few of them to stay as a reminder of the occasion, as a collective reminiscence for town and in reminiscence of those that misplaced their lives for no purpose, says Cecile Roukoz, who misplaced her brother within the explosion in 2020 to AFP.

After the demolition was stopped, the Department of Environment and Health suggested the general public to put on masks close to the silos in case they collapsed.

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