Post the ear numbing, apocalyptic blast in Lebanon’s capital Beirut, the silo containing the city’s grain was entirely damaged in the blast.
The economy minister of Lebanon was quoted saying that the city while reeling under political crisis was also facing a major economic crises. The explosion has left with the reserves of grains for less than a month.
The explosion was the most powerful ever to rip through Beirut, leaving the port district a wreck of mangled masonry and disabling the main entry port for imports to feed a nation of more than 6 million people.
The Beirut silo was capable of holding 120,000 tonnes of grain, said Ahmed Tamer, the director of the port of Tripoli, Lebanon’s second-biggest city.
The port in Tripoli, Lebanon’s second-biggest port, is not equipped with grain storage facilities but wheat could be transferred to warehouses 2 km (about one mile) away, he said.
President Aoun declared three days of mourning which started on Wednesday. Opening an emergency cabinet meeting, he said: “No words can describe the horror that has hit Beirut last night, turning it into a disaster-stricken city”.