Help is pouring in from around the world for Beirut after the city suffered its worst catastrophe in its recent past, and the UAE is doing its bit by dispatching 30 tons of medical supplies.
135 killed and 5,000 injured after Beirut blasts
Shocking footage surfaced the internet yesterday showing one explosion with thick plumes of smoke filling the Beirut sky following a massive mushroom-shaped blast that devastated the majority of its Downtown and surrounding areas, including roads, cars, shops and buildings.
Explosions originated from a warehouse that was home to firecrackers and weapons that contained ammonium nitrate, a chemical responsible for numerous industrial accidents in history. Its aftermath were so massive to the extent that tremors were felt in the island of Cyprus too, 240 kilometres away from Beirut.
A recent death toll reveals 135 people were killed after the blasts and a whopping 4,000 sustained injuries.
30 tons of medical aid for Lebanon
Within a day after the blasts, the UAE dispatched 30 tons of medical aid supplies for Lebanon, as a symbol of Solidarity for the country, under the directives of Ruler of Dubai, UAE Prime Minister and Vice President His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The Emir also tweeted a message offering condolences to the victims and wishes Lebanon “patience and solace.”
Burj Khalifa lit up for Lebanon
Last night saw Burj Khalia illuminate its facade in the colours of Lebanon’s flag after the twin blasts. Check it out:
(Featured photograph credit: Dubai Media Office)