Beirut explosion: One year since worst recent disaster, in numbers


Lebanon on Wednesday marks a year since a fire at Beirut’s port led to the country’s worst peacetime disaster and precipitated its decline.

The August 4, 2020 blast and its aftermath in numbers:

214: people killed.

6,500: people injured.

300,000: people left homeless immediately after the explosion.

70,000: people who lost their jobs due to the blast.

73,000: damaged apartments.

9,200: damaged buildings.

163: damaged schools and educational centers.

106: damaged health care facilities, including six hospitals and 20 clinics.

2,750: tons of ammonium nitrate initially stored at the port.

6: years it was stored in the warehouse that blew up.

3.3 to 4.5: estimated magnitude of equivalent earthquake.

200: kilometers to Cyprus, where a shock wave was felt.

5: days the government said it would take for initial findings.

0: people sentenced over the blast.

6: days after blast the government resigned.

359: days Lebanon has been without a government since.


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