Spirit of Beirut residents overcomes explosions
6 de agosto de 2020, 14:42Beirut, Aug 6 (Prensa Latina) A few hours after two devastating explosions, Beirut residents changed today all their activities to clear debris from a city that looks like a war zone.
Hundreds of residents changed their beers in Mar Mikhael district for brooms and hoses to eliminate the damage that caused one of the greatest disasters in the history of the country.
The blasts, a few hundred meters from that neighborhood in this capital, destroyed windows and doors in bars, restaurants and apartments.
In fact, walking the streets meant inevitably facing shards of glass or metal structures.
However, Mar Mikhael residents undertook a clean-up operation with their own resources, since the State is not to be seen anywhere yet.
Residents' discomfort was particularly embodied in Fadlallah, who with plastic gloves and a mask threw shards of glass at the entrance of the branch of state company Electricite du Liban.
'For me, this State is a dump ... (and then a bad word), and on behalf of the victims, he added, the dump that killed them will remain a dump,' he told the media.
A partial tally shows that the blasts on Tuesday killed more than 135 people and injured nearly 5,000.
'We are trying to fix this country. We have been trying to fix it for nine months, but now we will do it our way,' another Mar Mikhael resident said.
Residents of this capital's area, characterized by many recreational sites, are sweeping and almost eradicating the damage of the explosions, now visible in buildings and facilities.
'We are sending people to homes for the elderly and disabled to help them find a place to stay,' said Husam Abu Nasr, one of the volunteers.
Authorities estimate that, as a result of the blast wave from the explosions, around 300,000 houses or apartments were totally or partially damaged, and many of their residents are roaming the streets or found shelter with relatives or friends.
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