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Beirut explosion – Frantic search for hundreds of survivors trapped under rubble after blast so big it tore off clothes

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Beirut explosion – Frantic search for hundreds of survivors trapped under rubble after blast so big it tore off clothes

A FRANTIC search is underway for hundreds of survivors trapped under rubble after a colossal blast ripped through Beirut yesterday.

A massive explosion a fifth the size of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb killed at least 100 people in the Lebanese capital yesterday.

A rescue chopper hovers above the site of the blast in Beirut today

A survivor is carried from the rubble in Beirut today

 

The disaster was sparked when a welder ignited 2,700 tons of explosive chemicals in the port area, it’s reported.

The blast was so big it tore the clothes from people’s bodies, ripped balconies from flats and hurled cars as if they were toys.

Some 4,000 people are known to have been injured, with images showing whole city blocks flattened.

Many people are feared to still be trapped under the rubble and inside their damaged homes.

And a desperate hunt has now been launched to find survivors.

DESPERATE HUNT
Local resident Nada Hamza told Al Jazeera: “I was a few metres away from the electricity establishment in Lebanon, which is parallel to the port.

“I went out of my car, I ran away to the entrance of one of the buildings, then I realised that the building was destroyed.

“Then, I tried to call my parents, but I couldn’t reach anyone.

“I can’t believe I’m still alive.”

 

People check inside a car crushed by rubble

Aerial images show the scale of the destruction this morning

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