Death Toll of Beirut Blast Reaches 100

The number of fatalities caused by the explosion in the city of Beirut, Lebanon, continues to increase. On Wednesday (8/5), the death toll reached 100.

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An injured man lying on a car before being rushed away from the site of the blast in Beirut. (AFP / Marwan Tahtah)

ACTNews, BEIRUT - A few hours after the incident, the number of victims of the explosion in the port area in Beirut, Lebanon continues to increase to 100.

Previously, Lebanese Health Minister, Hamad Hasan, said that nearly 4,000 people were injured in the blast that was allegedly caused by 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate. "It is a disaster in every sense of the word," Health Minister Hamad Hasan said while visiting a hospital in Beirut, quoted from The National.

A senior Red Cross official told The National that over 300 people were taken to the American University of Beirut Medical Centre, filling it and other major hospitals in Beirut. For those less seriously injured, it was first aid kits and the kindness of others.

Lebanese Prime Minister Hasan Diab immediately gave a speech a few hours after the explosion. Diab asked the Lebanese people to unite in facing this disaster.

Thick smoke billowed to the sky after the blast. (AFP / Anwar Amro)

"We are facing a catastrophe. But I am confident that we will handle it with great responsibility. I implore you to be united in order to celebrate victory for our martyrs and heal our injured wounds and our nation’s wounds," he stated, quoted from Al-Arabiya.

Diab also pleaded to other nations to help Lebanon. “I now launch an urgent call for all the friendly and brotherly nations that love Lebanon to stand by Lebanon and help us heal our deep wounds,” he added

Aksi Cepat Tanggap is making an effort to provide the best possible assistance to the victims of the Beirut blast. Andi Noor Faradiba of Global Humanity Response – Aksi Cepat Tanggap explained that humanitarian assistance will be maximized for the affected residents considering the massive scale of the explosion that occurred on Tuesday (8/4).

"The explosion that happened in Beirut left the city in ruins. Tens of people died, and thousands were injured. The international community is saddened by this incident. Insha Allah, ACT will send humanitarian assistance, including food aid, to residents of Beirut, "explained Faradiba, Wednesday (8/5). []