Driving through Beirut shows damage from blast

Facades of central Beirut buildings were ripped off, furniture was sucked into streets and roads were strewn with glass and debris. Cars near the port were flipped over.

Workers were seen cleaning up the capital on Wednesday (August 5).

Diggers were also deployed to clear out debris on the streets.

The intensity of the blast threw victims into the sea and rescue teams were still trying to recover bodies. Many of those killed were port and custom employees and people working in the area or driving through during rush hour.

Officials said the toll was expected to rise after the blast at port warehouses that stored highly explosive material.

The explosion was the most powerful ever to rip through Beirut, a city still scarred by civil war three decades ago and reeling from an economic meltdown and a surge in coronavirus infections.