Beirut port silos collapse on anniversary

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A large section of Beirut's giant port grain silos, shredded by a massive explosion two years ago, has collapsed as hundreds marched in Beirut to mark the second anniversary of the blast that killed scores

The northern block of the silos consisting of four towers has been slowly tilting for days and collapsed causing a huge cloud of dust that covered the structure that shielded Beirut's western neighbourhoods when the blast occurred on August 4, 2020 killing nearly 220 people, wounding more than 6000 and causing damage worth billions of dollars.

The collapse occurred an hour before hundreds of people were to gather outside the facility to mark the second anniversary of the blast.

Authorities evacuated parts of the port earlier this week as a precautionary measure and there was no indication that anyone was hurt.

The 50-year-old, 48-metre-tall silos had withstood the force of the explosion two years ago that destroyed much of the port.

Many in Lebanon, including families of the victims, have been demanding that the silos be kept for future generations to witness the result of one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history caused by widespread corruption and mismanagement in the Mediterranean country.

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