Lebanon estimates that the Beirut explosion may have caused material damage valued at between 3,000 and 5,000 million dollars, according to Maruan Abboud, the Governor of Beirut, in local media. "Around 200 or 250,000 people have been made homeless and we are working to provide food, water and housing," he added.
The European Union (EU) has not hesitated to show its solidarity with the Libyan people, who pass through their worst economic crisis since the end of the civil war (1975-1990). Josep Borrell, EU representative for Foreign Policy, has not hesitated to convey his condolences to the families of the victims of the explosions. "The European Union expresses its full solidarity and its full support to the families of the victims, the population and the Lebanese authorities due to the violent explosions that have affected Beirut," he said via Twitter.
The catastrophe caused by the strong explosion in the port of the city has taken with it the lives of at least 153 people and has left more than 5,000 injured, according to the last official balance. The Government continues to investigate the reason why the blast was caused, although as revealed by the Lebanese Prime Minister, Hasan Diab, a 2,750-ton shipment of ammonium nitrate has been found that is identified as the main responsible for the detonation.
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