A few hours after the terrible explosion in the port that shook the center of Beirut, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla sent “heartfelt condolences to the people and the government of Lebanon in the face of the loss of human lives and the many wounded left by the explosion.”
“We extend our condolences to the families of the victims,” he wrote on his Twitter account.
More than a hundred people were missing and more than 200,000 were left homeless after the explosion that caused more than a hundred deaths and 4,000 wounded this Tuesday in the Lebanese capital, Beirut Governor Maruan Abboud said today.
Sentidas condolencias al pueblo y el gobierno del Líbano ante la pérdida de vidas humanas y numerosos heridos que ha dejado la explosión en el puerto de Beirut.
Sean extensivas nuestras condolencias a los familiares de las víctimas. pic.twitter.com/B3FO2tIRjV
— Bruno Rodríguez P (@BrunoRguezP) August 5, 2020
In statements to local media, Abboud noted that at least a hundred people could not be found and that the damage in Beirut is enormous, at around 3 billion or 5 billion dollars.
“About 200 or 250,000 people have been left homeless and we are working to provide food, water and shelter,” he said.
The explosion caused a huge shock wave that affected thousands of homes and buildings, destroying glass windows and walls, which has led a large part of that area’s population to seek shelter elsewhere.
Lebanese Prime Minister Hasan Diab revealed in a meeting with President of the Republic Michel Aoun that an unguarded 2,750-ton ammonium nitrate shipment was the cause of the explosion, although the reasons that led to the fertilizer’s explosion are unknown.