Governor of Beirut: More than two hundred thousand residents of Beirut are made homeless

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Beirut Governor Marwan Abboud stated that more than two hundred thousand residents of the Lebanese capital have become homeless due to the extensive destruction caused by the huge explosion that occurred at the Beirut port yesterday.

And the Lebanese channel "MTV" quoted him as saying: "Between 200 and 250 thousand people have become homeless, and we are working on their relief by providing food, drink and housing."

Abboud described, after an emergency meeting in Beirut Municipality to count the damage, the people of the capital as "afflicted".

He stated that "the damages are great and their value ranges between three and five billion dollars."

The Lebanese Red Cross announced this morning that the death toll from the explosions that took place in Beirut Port has risen to 100, along with about four thousand injured.

Abboud revealed that a security report dating back to 2014 had warned of the possibility of an explosion in the Lebanese capital, due to the storage of high explosive materials in a manner that does not take into account public safety.

And Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced yesterday that the explosion occurred in a warehouse in which about 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate was stored for six years without safety measures.