The Supreme Defense Council of Lebanon has declared Beirut a disaster zone due to the powerful blast that occurred in the capital city, Reuters reported.
And CNN, citing the country's Ministry of Public Health, reported that the number of casualties of the explosion in the port of Beirut has exceeded 70. Health minister Hamad Hassan said 73 people had been killed.
The country’s authorities fear the death toll could rise.
Some people are still trapped under the rubble.
The Lebanese interior ministry said that ammonium nitrate had exploded in the port of Beirut.
According to some reports, there was a short circuit in a warehouse, which caused a fire, as a result of which the nitrate exploded.