2 Filipinos dead, 6 injured in Beirut, Lebanon explosion

MANILA, Philippines – At least two Filipinos died in a large explosion which rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday, August 5.

2 Filipinos dead, 6 injured in Beirut, Lebanon explosion
Massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday, August 4 (local time). Photo Credit: BBC

The 2 Filipino fatalities were inside their employers' homes when the tragic incident happened. Meanwhile, at least 6 Pinoys who were also staying with their employers were injured, the DFA said.

The Beirut blast killed at least 78 people and injured more than 4,000 others on Tuesday (local time).

The whole city and nearby areas were shaken after the fire at the port which exploded into a mushroom cloud.

Lebanon's Prime Minister Hassan Diab said in a statement that an estimated 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, an explosive, had been stored at a warehouse near the port for the past six years without safety measures, "endangering the safety of citizens."

Data collected by the United States Geological Survey shows that the massive explosion in Beirut was so powerful, it created seismic waves equivalent of a magnitude 3.3 earthquake.

"What happened today will not pass without accountability. Those responsible for this catastrophe will pay the price," Diab expressed.

Like many other countries in the world, Lebanon is also facing the crisis brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

— The Summit Express

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