It Will Cost up to $5 Billion to Get Beirut Back on Its Feet

Published August 5th, 2020 - 11:04 GMT
A wounded man sits on the ground waiting for aid at Beirut's port following a massive explosion that hit the heart of the Lebanese capital on August 4, 2020. Rescuers searched for survivors in Beirut on August 5 after a cataclysmic explosion at the port sowed devastation across entire neighbourhoods, killing more than 100 people, wounding thousands and plunging Lebanon deeper into crisis. AFP
A wounded man sits on the ground waiting for aid at Beirut's port following a massive explosion that hit the heart of the Lebanese capital on August 4, 2020. Rescuers searched for survivors in Beirut on August 5 after a cataclysmic explosion at the port sowed devastation across entire neighbourhoods, killing more than 100 people, wounding thousands and plunging Lebanon deeper into crisis. AFP
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The governor said there were “no accurate numbers regarding the missing."

In the wake of Tuesday's deadly port explosion in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut’s governor said that the material damage from the incident will cost some $3-5 billion.

"Beirut has become a devastated city… half of it destroyed and hundreds of thousands of residents will not be able to return to their homes before two or three months," Marwan Abboud told reporters Wednesday.

On Tuesday, a massive explosion rocked the Port of Beirut, killing at least 100 and injuring 4,000 others and caused massive damage in several neighborhoods of the capital.

The governor said there were “no accurate numbers regarding the missing."

The explosion took place as Lebanon's economy was facing its worst crisis in decades.

It also happened days before Friday’s scheduled verdict by a UN-backed court in the case of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.

This article has been adapted from its original source.     


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