Weekly Summaries

3rd of August – 9th of August

Explosion shatters Lebanon’s capital city

On the 4th of August there was an enormous explosion in the capital city of Lebanon: Beirut. The death toll is around 137 people, 5,000 are injured, and more than 250,000 Lebanese are displaced. Additionally, the port in Beirut, which is crucial for Lebanon’s economy, has also been destroyed and along with it the country’s grain storage. The explosion happened because around 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate had been stored at the port in Beirut for six years.