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PM Modi On Massive Beirut Expolsions: "Shocked And Saddened"
Lebanon's capital Beirut was shaken by two enormous explosions on Tuesday
PM Modi On Massive Beirut Explosions: "Shocked And Saddened"
New Delhi: Today morning Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he was "shocked and saddened" by the massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, last night that has killed at least 73 people and wounded thousands.
"Shocked and saddened by the large explosion in Beirut city leading to loss of life and property. Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families and the injured: PM @narendramodi," his office quoted him as saying in a tweet.
Shocked and saddened by the large explosion in Beirut city leading to loss of life and property. Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families and the injured: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 5, 2020
Lebanon's capital Beirut was shaken by two enormous explosions on Tuesday, taking the life and injuring dozens of people, shaking buildings and sending huge plumes of smoke billowing into the Beirut sky.
The blast's second footage had shown an enormous orange fireball that dwarfed nearby buildings and sent a devastating tornado-like shockwave ripping through the city.
"We heard an explosion, then we saw the mushroom," said one resident who witnessed the second, deafening explosion from her balcony in the city's Mansourieh district.
The explosions came at a time when Lebanon is suffering its worst economic crisis in decades, which has left nearly half of the population in poverty.
Lebanon's economy has collapsed in recent months, with the local currency plummeting against the dollar, businesses closing en masse, and poverty soaring at the same alarming rate as unemployment.
The explosions also come as Lebanon awaits the verdict on Friday on the 2005 murder of former Lebanese premier Rafic Hariri, killed in a huge truck bomb attack.
Amid condolences pouring from across the world, US President Donald Trump said: "It would seem like it based on the explosion.
I met with some of our great generals and they just seem to feel that it was. This was not a - some kind of a manufacturing explosion type of an event. ... They seem to think it was a attack. It was a bomb of some kind, yes."