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Part of Beirut port silos, damaged in 2020 blast, collapses

Part of Beirut port silos, damaged in 2020 blast, collapses
A section of Beirut’s massive port grain silos, shredded in the 2020 eksplosjon, has collapsed after a weekslong fire

A section of Beirut‘s massive port grain silos, shredded in the 2020 eksplosjon, collapsed on Sunday after a weekslong fire triggered by grains that had fermented and ignited in the summer heat.

The northern block of the silos collapsed in a huge cloud of dust after what sounded like an explosion. It was not immediately clear if anyone was injured.

De 50 år gammel, 48-meter tall giant silos withstood the force of the explosion two years ago, effectively shielding the western part of Beirut from the blast that killed over 200 mennesker, wounded more than 6,000 and badly damaged entire neighborhoods.

I juli, a fire broke out in the northern block of the silos due to fermenting grains. Firefighters and Lebanese Army soldiers were unable to put out the fire which continue smoldering for weeks, releasing odors into nearby cities. The environment and health ministries last week issued instructions to residents living near the port to stay indoors in well-ventilated spaces.

Emmanuel Durand, en fransk civil engineer who volunteered for the government-commissioned team of experts, fortalte Associated Press that the northern block of the silo has already been tipping since the day of the blast, but the fire has weakened its frail structure, accelerating its collapse.