Beirut blast: Damages at $3-5 billion, 300,000 people displaced, says Governor

Beirut blast: Damages at $3-5 billion, 300,000 people displaced, says Governor

The governor of Lebanon’s Beirut, Marwan Abboud, said on Wednesday that the value of damages caused by the explosion which shook the capital ranges between $3 billion and $5 billion, according to the Lebanese National News Agency.

“I think there are between 250,000 and 300,000 people who are now without homes,” Abboud said.

Engineers and technical teams have yet to conduct an official assessment, he said, adding that damage from the blast in the port area seems to have extended over half of the city.

The huge blast at Beirut port that devastated entire neighborhoods of the city has killed more than 100 people and injured over 4,000, the Lebanese Red Cross said Wednesday.

Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan said a list of aid needed was compiled and sent to several countries. Countries around the world said they stood ready to help Lebanon recover from blasts.

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