NUSADAILY.COM – BEIRUT – Many residents in Beirut, Lebanon, expressed anger at the government for what they called negligence which caused a huge explosion last Tuesday (04/08).
Lebanese President Michel Aoun said the incident, which killed at least 135 people and injured more than 5,000 others, was the result of an explosion of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been unsafe in a warehouse for six years.
Many in Lebanese society accused the incident of corruption, neglect, and mismanagement of the authorities. The government has also imposed a state of emergency for the next two weeks.
“Beirut is crying, Beirut is screaming, people are hysterical and people are tired,” filmmaker Jude Chehab told the BBC and called on those responsible to stand trial.
Chadia Elmeouchi Noun, a Beirut resident currently being treated in hospital, said, “I know that we have been led by incompetent people, an incompetent government […] But let me tell you – what has been. they are doing it now, really a criminal act, ”he said as quoted by Nusadaily.com from detik.com.
Meanwhile, the Lebanese government declared a state of emergency in Beirut for two weeks amid rising casualties in what President Michel Aoun called a catastrophe that is difficult to describe in words. (wan)