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Beirut Blast: India sends medicines and food supplies to Lebanon

In the initial explosion, videos show smoke billowing from a fire, then a mushroom cloud following the blast at the city's port.

Humanitarian Aid, Beirut Blast, S Jaishankar

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  14 Aug 2020 3:10 PM GMT

Guwahati: Extending support to the blast-hit Beirut in the aftermath of the massive explosions on August 4, the Government of India on Friday organized 'emergency humanitarian aid' on an Air Force flight with food supplies and medicines to help rebuild the capital city of Lebanon.

Taking to Twitter, External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar tweeted "India demonstrates solidarity with the people of Lebanon in the aftermath of the tragic explosions in Beirut. 58 MT of emergency humanitarian aid, including crucial medical and food supplies, is on its way to Beirut in IAF C17 aircraft."

At least 200 died people died in the explosion with over 110 still missing; at least 5,000 people were injured and nearly 300,000 were rendered homeless as a result of the blasts from a shipment of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that blew up near Beirut port.

Earlier, India announced that it had "sought an assessment" on the basis of which it was to extend assistance to the financially-torn Lebanon that was gutted after two explosions in Beirut.

In the initial explosion, videos show smoke billowing from a fire, then a mushroom cloud following the blast at the city's port.

The second explosion took place within minutes shattering windows, blowing out doors, and knocking down buildings in its parameter.

Notably, after a series of resignations and massive protests, the Lebanese government handed control of the capital's security to the military power.

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