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Deadly Beirut

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4 months ago

7 years ago, a Panama registered cargo vessel was stranded at Beirut port - due to mechanical problems. The ships owners deserted the ship & left it's crew high & dry after some months. After months, the ship's crew were allowed to leave ship & go home. However, with the ship stranded at Beirut port for non-payment of dues - *it's cargo of 2700 TONS of deadly Ammonium Nitrate* was offloaded into some warehouses inside the port. The legal battle between the Port & ship owners continued for years...while the cargo of Ammonium Nitrate rotted in the warehouses on land. And then... THIS happened

2700 Tonnes of deadly explosive cargo went BOOM in a warehouse & flattened a large part of Beirut city.

In the recent times, these kind of explosions are occurring frequently.. it can be due to lack of EIA( Environmental Impact assessment)...every industry must follow EIA and should maintain proper precautions while reopening the industry.....and industries have to maintain proper storage system..

My question is, if there was that big fire in that storage place which they knew to have all that flammable /possibly explosive materials why in the world they didn't evacuate the area when the saw the fire was uncontrollable? I mean someone knew about those 2k+ tons of ammonium nitrate store there. I hope the responsible people for this take responsibility for what they did, they literally destroyed the city and put them in a very difficult economic situation. Is gonna take years for them to completely recover from this.

Still, many questions arose: Who is the owner of that warehouse? Why those materials were stocked more than 6 years? Who pays the rent of that warehouse? Where does the money for those activities come? Why nobody dares to blame the real responsible group? Why the government let to receive financial aid from a country that sponsors terrorism?

How did it detonate tho? Ammonium nitrate on its own isn't explosive its an oxidizer used in explosives. Did they have a tank of diesel or fuel oil above it leaking into it! What set it off still! It requires a detonator/booster to set off the reaction. Something seems very odd about this.

That substance should not have been stored above ground and not in the same place. Should have been divided up into smaller groups and stored separately underground.

The people from Beirut are victims of negligence of the port authorities which carelessly stored such materials and that too near grain silos and mills.

I appeal to UN and nearby rich countries like Saudi, Qatar, Kuwait and UAE to immediately send flour and medical supplies to Lebanon.

This was the result of a poorly maintained building, poorly trained personnel, and why was this build so close to the housing areas next to such an important port that amounts to 80% of their imports? Sounds to me like the only people accountable should the Lebanon government who was probably lobbied by whatever corporation owned that warehouse to build it there.

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sad story...very frustrating reality.

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4 months ago

Indeed. The problem is that nothing changed in the last couple of months.

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4 months ago

Top information as always

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4 months ago

Thanks. As you know Lebanon is one of my favorite countries.

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4 months ago

So many things happening in Lebanon

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4 months ago

And many more will come. Not necessarily good.

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3 months ago

Any updates on the Beirut situation?

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3 months ago

Not so many for the moment.

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3 months ago