Beirut port authorities accelerate plans to smother fire

Beirut port, authorities accelerate plans to smother fire

The Beirut fire brigade has started implementing the Lebanese Environment Ministry’s plan of extinguishing the fire at the Beirut port silos, a few days after the complete collapse of the northern part of the structure.

As reported by the National News Agency (NNA), the Environment Minister, Nasser Yassin, said the fire brigade will extinguish the fire in four to five days and work on removing all rubbles, treating them in an environmentally sound manner.

The operations will be carried out in cooperation with the UN Habitat and other organisations under the supervision of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, the report said.

Once the rubbles are removed, the grains will be treated safely by spraying them with anti-fungal materials.

Meanwhile, activists protested on 25 August near Gate 9 of the port to demand justice for the victims of the 2020 port explosions.

READ: Beirut port blast victim relatives file $250 million lawsuit

Families of the victims and activists threatened to escalate their protests if authorities fail to put out the fire, which started over a month ago due to the fermenting of 800 tons of grains stored inside, leading to the collapse of the silos.

Two big explosions rocked the Beirut port on 4 August 2020, killing more than 200 people and wounding over 7,000 others.

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