Authorities in Lebanon have revealed the cause of the Beirut explosion that claimed lives, injured many and destroyed properties.
According to the statement on Beirut twitter handle @Beirut.com, the blast was allegedly caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate.
The post read, “blast was caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored unsafely in a warehouse.
“Beirut declared a “devastated city”, two-week state of emergency officially declared. #Lebanon.”
The death toll is said to have risen to over 50 while 4, 000 people have been left injured as rescue workers still search for missing persons.
There is an official Instagram account named ‘Locatevictimsbeirut’, created to help track and locate victims and missing persons.
The President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun said that investigations into circumstance of the Blast have been launched and Names of those responsible will be announced.
“The horror of the shock will not prevent us from assuring the families of the martyrs and the wounded first, and for all the Lebanese, that we are determined to proceed with the investigations and uncover the circumstances of what happened as soon as possible, hold the officials and minors accountable and impose the harshest penalties on them.
“We will publicly announce the results of the investigations to be conducted by the commission of inquiry,” the President stated.