August 4, 2020 turned out to be the worst day for Beirut city, as a massive explosion shook the capital of Lebanon. The reason behind the blast is not yet confirmed but the initial reports suggest that a fire broke out at a warehouse in the port, which was storing explosive material. Lebanon Prime Minister Hassan Diab said that the warehouse had 2700 tonnes of Ammonium Nitrate, used in bombs and fertilizers. Local media also said that the fire was started because of welding work happening in the same warehouse. As per reports, so far more than 70 people have been killed and 3000 injured in the explosion.
The Beirut explosion's videos have gone viral on social media and netizens were shocked after seeing the intensity of the blast. Social media is flooded with reactions over the tragic incident. Kollywood celebrities too reacted to the Beirut explosion on their respective Twitter handles. Take a look:
"All our prayers with the people of #Beirut #Lebanon."
Manjima Mohan shared a tweet of a leading portal and shared a broken heart emoji.
"The Images and videos coming out of #Beirut is heartbreaking. 2020 continues with new disasters... My Prayers and thoughts with the people of Lebanon."
"This is so disheartening to watch #prayforbeirut."
"Praying for the people of #Beirut."
"This is horrifying! My prayers for the people of #Beirut #Lebanon."