NUSADAILY.COM-BEIRUT – A total of 601 cultural heritage buildings were damaged by two explosions that rocked Beirut on August 4. Some 70 of them have the potential to collapse if they are not quickly restored.
This was reported by the Lebanese news agency, National News Agency, quoted by NusaDaily on Friday, August 14, 2020.
“We will try hard to get funds for the restoration and preservation of these buildings. The building reflects the traditional architecture of Beirut, “said Lebanese Minister of Agriculture and Culture Abbas Mourtada.
Mourtada appealed to real estate entrepreneurs not to buy these buildings to be razed and build new, modern buildings. He urged the people to preserve the history of Beirut and its civilization.
Most of the buildings in Gemmayze and Mar Mikhael are traditional buildings. The building suffered partial or even total damage.
News circulated that the owner of the building was trying to sell it to a real estate developer. Whether coincidence or not, the developers wanted to build modern units at that location.
Two powerful explosions occurred at the Port of Beirut on 4 August. The explosion rocked buildings across the Lebanese capital. The explosion killed 171 people and injured at least 6,000 others.
As a result of the explosion of thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate, Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab on Monday, August 10, 2020 resigned and dissolved his government.
The resignation came after people staged protests demanding local authorities take responsibility for the explosion that destroyed the city of Beirut. (yos)