Rescuers in Beirut are digging with bare hands in the rubble of a building that collapsed in a massive August 4th explosion in the Lebanese capital, a day after traces of life were found there.
A team of workers removed huge blocks of cement at the site to facilitate the searches, an eyewitness told Reuters.
The building, where the searches are being carried out, housed a bar on the ground floor. The rescue team includes volunteers from Chile and Lebanon, as well as members of the country’s civil protection service.
Yesterday, a rescue team with a search and rescue dog located movement under the building in the Gemagize area of Beirut, one of the neighborhoods of the Lebanese capital that received one of the hardest blows from the explosion.
— Alex Crawford (@AlexCrawfordSky) September 4, 2020
The devastating August 4th blast that devastated the city killed about 190 people. Authorities said it was caused by about 2.750 tonnes of ammonia nitrate that had been stored for years in precarious conditions at a port depot.
The blast destroyed entire neighborhoods and injured 6,000 people.
L’espoir continue au #Liban.
Les recherches du survivant un mois après l’explosion durent depuis 24 heures à #Beyrouth. Les membres de l’équipe de sauvetage pensent que les signes vitaux détectés sous les décombres sont ceux d’un enfant. #Beirutpic.twitter.com/Fwt24yzK7U
— Anonyme Citoyen (@AnonymeCitoyen) September 4, 2020