Beirut Blast : President Declares 2 Week Emergency in Lebanon
The president of Lebanon Michel Aoun has called for an emergency cabinet meeting and declared a 2-week-long state of emergency in Lebanon following the massive explosion in Beirut.
He has also assembled the country's High Defence Council following the massive Beirut blast.
The blasts left at least 78 people killed and over 4,000 people have been wounded by the same.
The explosion sent shockwaves across the capital city of
Beirut and shattered windows, causing more widespread damage across the city, even on the outskirts of Beirut.
Officials expect the death toll to further rise as workers continue to dig through the rubble and remove bodies of the deceased.
The blasts in Beirut city have been linked to around 2,700 tonnes of confiscated ammonium nitrate which were stored at a warehouse at the port for six years.
Officials said they expected the death toll to rise further as emergency workers dug through rubble to rescue people and remove the dead.
The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear.