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Extra grain silos collapse at Beirut port, broken by devastating 2020 blast

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world information / Center East Issued on: 23/08/2022 – 08:52

This seize from AFPTV footage shot on August 23, 2022 exhibits the collapse of the northern part of the grain silos on the port of Lebanon’s capital Beirut, which have been partly destroyed by the 2020 port explosion. © Dylan Collins, AFP Eight extra grain silos at Beirut port toppled Tuesday, succumbing to wreck from a devastating 2020 explosion within the third such collapse in a month, AFP correspondents reported.

A cloud of mud rose over the port after the collapse, which introduced down the final of the northern block of silos that was extra closely broken within the blast and the place a fireplace had been burning since final month.

The remaining southern block is extra secure and never at imminent danger of collapse, mentioned French civil engineer Emmanuel Durand, who has put in sensors on the silos.

The silos had absorbed a lot of the affect of the large explosion of haphazardly saved ammonium nitrate fertiliser that killed greater than 200 folks on August 4, 2020.

Solely 12 of the unique 48 silos are nonetheless standing, all of them within the southern block, Durand mentioned.

A hearth has been burning within the silos for greater than a month as remaining grain shares ferment in the summertime warmth.

The advanced has come to symbolise the tragic blast, but in addition state negligence and corruption, which many Lebanese blame for the explosion.

“We maintain authorities liable for what occurred with the silos,” mentioned Mariana Fodoulian, who misplaced her sister within the explosion.

“We should protect the southern block of silos” as a memorial, Fodoulian mentioned, echoing the calls for of many blast sufferer kinfolk.

In April, the federal government ordered the silos’ demolition however the operation was placed on maintain, partly due to the objections of victims’ kinfolk.

Family members had referred to as for a sit-in close to the port at 1400 GMT.

Public Works Minister Ali Hamieh introduced final week that the federal government had agreed to order 25,000 sq. metres (270,000 sq. ft) of the port to construct new grain silos.

That is bigger than the present advanced which occupies an area of 21,000 sq. metres (226,000 sq. ft).

Hamieh mentioned funding would come from worldwide donors in addition to the federal government, which has been bankrupted by a crushing monetary disaster.

(AFP)

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