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.
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.
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.”