More silos at Beirut port collapse

Remaining silos at Beirut Port collapse

At least two more silos at Beirut port have collapsed as Lebanon marks the second anniversary of the port explosion that killed over 200 people and injured more than 7,000 others.

After a section of the Beirut port grain silos collapsed only a few days ago, the remaining concrete silos cracked and fell in a cloud of smoke on 4 August.

The initial collapse was caused by a fire that broke out because of fermenting grains stored in the silos. Fire engines and an army helicopter have sprayed the silos with water in an attempt to put out the fire.

Following the first collapse, local authorities had evacuated the scene and warned more of the structures could collapse at any time.

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The tragedy occurred roughly an hour before hundreds of people were supposed to gather outside the facility to mark the second anniversary of the disaster.

Families of the victims are still demanding justice as few recently filed a $250 million lawsuit against an American-Norwegian firm suspected of bringing explosive materials to the port.

Ongoing investigations revealed that most government officials knew of the dangerous material stored at the port.

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