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Hospitals in Beirut Are Overflowing With Wounded, Situation is Catastrophic, Lebanese Minister Says

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An enormous explosion killed around eighty people and wounded several thousand in the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, wreaking havoc on the city.

According to Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan, the situation in the city has been aggravated by the coronavirus crisis.

"There are about 4,000 injured, many of them are still without treatment, as hospitals, located near or outside the capital, lack capacity", Hassan said.

According to the minister, four hospitals were completely destroyed by the blast, and their patients were taken to other medical facilities, "exacerbating the issue and turning the crisis into an epidemic health disaster".

Hassan assessed the situation as a "catastrophe in the full sense of this word", taking into consideration the coronavirus pandemic.

"The number of victims is increasing. So far, there are around 100 casualties", the minister said, specifying that the count of those missing is more than "the number of bodies that have arrived at hospitals".
© REUTERS / AZIZ TAHERA general view shows the aftermath at the site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 5, 2020
Hospitals in Beirut Are Overflowing With Wounded, Situation is Catastrophic, Lebanese Minister Says - Sputnik International
A general view shows the aftermath at the site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 5, 2020
"Rescue and civil defence teams are still searching for those missing at the site of the explosion, spread over 20 kilometres in Beirut and which resulted in severe damage to hundreds of buildings", Hassan added.

At the same time, Beirut's governor estimates damages from the blast to be around $3-5 billion. He also noted that at least 10 emergency service workers are dead following the explosion.

Over 80 people died and some 4,000 were injured by the blast in Beirut's port. The Lebanese government has declared a three-day mourning period for the victims of the tragedy starting Wednesday, and promised to announce the results of an investigation by the end of the week.

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