Silo Towers collapsed on the 2nd Anniversary of the Beirut Port Explosion

Silo Towers collapsed on the 2nd Anniversary of the Beirut Port Explosion

Some of Beirut’s grain silos collapsed on Thursday, the same day Lebanon marked the second anniversary of a deadly explosion at Beirut Port that destroyed the city and damaged the same grain silos, the Nationala UAE-based newspaper, reported.

“A block of silos damaged in Thursday’s Beirut port blast collapsed,” the National reported on 4 August.

“The collapse occurred as people gathered nearby to mark the anniversary of the explosion,” the newspaper reported.

A casually stored cargo of ammonium nitrate, commonly used in fertilizer, caught fire on August 4, 2020, at the Port of Beirut, causing a massive fire. Nearby Beirut grain silos received much of the impact of the blast and helped protect the western region of the city from the blast.

The grain silos were significantly damaged during the incident and were therefore in poor condition when a fire broke out at the facility around July 8 due to high summer temperatures. The fire spread “after flames caught nearby electrical cables,” according to the Lebanese government. The fire lasted through July 31, when “two towers in the northern part of the silos collapsed with great damage,” Agence France-Presse reported. The same fire was reported to be raging at the Beirut corn silo facility on August 4 when another section of the stores collapsed.

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A ship in flames is pictured at the port of Beirut after a massive explosion hit the heart of the Lebanese capital on August 4, 2020. (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

“The northern block of the silos, consisting of four towers, was tilting slowly for days before it collapsed, causing a huge cloud of dust,” the Associated Press (AP) reported, noting that the impact of a fall Thursday about 25 percent of the grain. storage location.

“Authorities had evacuated parts of the port earlier in the week – after the front of the silos collapsed on Sunday. [July 31] – as a precautionary measure and there were no reports of injuries,” according to the AP.

The Beirut Port explosion on August 4, 2020, killed nearly 220 people and injured more than 6,000 others. The blast destroyed a wide swath of Beirut, the ancient Mediterranean port city and national capital of Lebanon, causing billions of dollars worth of damage. Lebanon was struggling economically just before the explosion and was therefore poorly equipped to overcome the disaster. The fire destroyed much of Beirut’s food supply when it exploded the city’s grain silos, destroying tons of corn and wheat that Lebanon could not afford to replace.

The Lebanese government is leading an official investigation into the root cause of the incident, although the investigation has stalled several times over the past 24 months.

“Lebanese government officials – including then President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Hassan Diab – previously knew about the unsafely stored explosive material in the port, but failed to do anything about,” the National reported on 16 June.

The newspaper referred to ammonium nitrate being negligently stored in the Port of Beirut, which reportedly sat in the port for years.

“[M]The numerous Lebanese authorities were, at the very least, criminally negligent under Lebanese law in handling the cargo, which created an unreasonable risk to life,” Human Rights Watch concluded in August 2021 and the evidence available at the citing time.

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