on Tuesday killed in an explosion in the lebanese capital, Beirut, at least 100 people and left several thousand injured.
According to the dane Amanda Flyvbjerg, who lives in Beirut, it is in the day of grief and despair that can be felt in the city.
- It is not chaotic, but the grief is extreme.
- People on the street trying to sweep their broken glass away, but most of all they are just looking languish out in the air, she says.
Amanda Flyvbjerg describes the situation such that the task seems insurmountable for Beirut inhabitants.
- People have just given up. They don't know where to start.
- Their buildings and businesses are destroyed. They are still looking for died in the devastation at the harbour, she says.
the Explosion occurred in a warehouse filled with 2750 tonnes of explosive ammonium nitrate. Ammonium nitrate is used primarily to make fertilizer, but can also be used for the manufacture of explosives.
pressure waves caused devastation in large parts of the lebanese headstand, and according to The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) could the explosion felt as far away as Cyprus, which are located more than 230 kilometers from Beirut.
Charlotte Kjørup, who is the regional manager for the Danish Red Cross in Lebanon, says that they are not yet finished with the to find missing persons.
- Right now, the focus is on the clean-up operation in the area. It means to get an overview of the material damage, but also to identify people who are still missing, she says.
She agrees with Amanda Flyvbjergs given that Lebanon right now is a country in mourning.
- There is a great deal of frustration and desperation, says Charlotte Kjørup.
- yesterday it was a bit like going around in a war zone in many places in Beirut.
Amanda Flyvbjerg says that the people in Beirut describes the situation as 'a nightmare, as they do not know if they are going to awaken from again'.