137 dead, 5000 wounded! In the dark of Lebanon, the contrast before and after the explosion is shocking

One day after the big explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, people are still in shock and pain. The busy and prosperous port has become a piece of scorched earth, leaving a deep hole with a diameter of about 140 meters; and the granary and medicine storehouse, which are the lifeblood of the people’s livelihood of the country, have also been damaged, and the former port scenery no longer exists. The strong contrast between the past and the present is lamentable. < / P > < p > but there is hope in this disaster. A video on the social networking site showed an elderly woman playing a piano song for her family in a mess, and her granddaughter described the moment as “beauty in the ashes.”. At present, at least 137 people have been killed and about 5000 injured in the Beirut port explosion, including about 100 United Nations staff members and their families. The military sent out several helicopters to put out the fire. Lebanon’s health minister Hassan said earlier that many people were missing, but it was difficult to search at night because it was dark and there was a power failure there. Due to the increasing number of injuries, Beirut hospital has been overloaded, and a large number of people have been sent to hospitals outside the city. At present, rescue workers have not stopped their operations. With thousands of people calling their families and friends at the same time, Lebanon’s telecommunications network is under tremendous pressure. The explosion was believed to have been caused by 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in the port warehouse for many years, according to President ORN of Lebanon. He said it was “unacceptable” not to store such a large quantity of chemicals safely. < / P > < p > it is reported that several port officials have been placed under house arrest and investigated. Lebanon’s supreme Defense Council said those involved may face “the highest penalty.”. The day after the explosion, young volunteers in Lebanon rushed to the streets to help the victims. One 26 year old said no one should sit at home because “even a smile helps now.”. As the first step of emergency assistance, the European Union has launched a civil defense mechanism at the request of the government of Lebanon. At present, more than 100 well-trained firefighters are urgently dispatched to Lebanon. They will bring vehicles, dogs and other equipment specially used for urban search and rescue to treat the wounded together with the Lebanon authorities. France has sent two planes full of experts, rescue workers and supplies to Beirut. French President Marcon visited Lebanon on June 6. Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo wrote on the social networking site on the 5th that the lights of the Eiffel Tower in France were turned off at midnight in order to mourn the victims of the explosion in Beirut. The countries in the Middle East have also offered a helping hand. The Qatari air force plane carried hundreds of foldable beds and generators to Beirut; Kuwait delivered medical supplies to Lebanon; Tunisia sent a medical team and offered to take 100 patients back to Tunisia for treatment. The second Russian emergency ministry plane landed in Beirut with professionals on board, the Russian Ministry of emergency said on Friday. According to previous reports, Russia’s Ministry of emergency will send five planes to Beirut, carrying mobile hospitals, medical staff, rescue workers and a new coronavirus testing laboratory. According to CCTV finance and economics report, after the explosion, nine medical personnel from surgery, internal medicine, burn department, anesthesia department and other fields were selected by the Chinese peacekeeping medical team to form the “Beirut explosion” emergency medical team, and carried drugs, consumables, protective equipment and other materials to prepare for rescue. < / P > < p > an explosion in the Beirut port area destroyed a major granary. However, the government pointed out that wheat stocks are enough to meet the demand of one and a half months, and the government will also import more wheat, so there will be no food crisis. Lebanon’s media quoted the head of the country’s wheat Importers’ Union as saying that in the bombed granaries, the original wheat stocks were running out. After the explosion, four ships carrying about 28000 tons of wheat are expected to transfer to the port of Tripoli because they are unable to unload at the Beirut port. According to the U.S. Department of agriculture, about 80% of Lebanon’s wheat supply depends on imports, while the bombed granary is managed by the Ministry of economy and trade, which can store 85% of the country’s grain. Most of Lebanon’s wheat imports come through the Beirut port. The country’s minister of public works pointed out that after the destruction of Beirut port, Tripoli, the second largest port city in northern Lebanon, is expected to become a major maritime transport center. < / P > < p > Lebanon has limited natural resources and has to import more than 70% of its required raw materials and food. But now, the country’s most important logistics hub is in ruins. Although the Ministry of transport announced that most of the cargo will now pass through the port of Tripoli, its capacity is several times smaller than that of Beirut. “Even if the entire transport capacity can be distributed between the ports of Tripoli, tyre and Saida, there is still no way to avoid trouble,” said Bassam ajakar, a Lebanon economist. First of all, the transfer of the transport chain requires a lot of money and time; second, the throughput of these ports is not large. This means that the import and export volume of Lebanon will decline seriously, and accordingly, the country will lose a lot of funds. ” According to the Russian satellite network, the explosion could cause the closure of a large number of companies associated with the damaged facilities, or even a large number of enterprises within them, which means that hundreds or even thousands of people will inevitably lose their jobs. < / P > < p > public debt accounts for 150% of GDP, ranking third in the world. According to official data, the youth unemployment rate has reached 37%, and the overall unemployment rate is 25%. According to the world bank, almost a third of the people in Lebanon now live below the poverty line.