Sri Lankan Embassy in Beirut damaged in massive explosion

The Sri Lankan Embassy in Beirut was damaged in the massive explosion which killed at least 100 people and injured more than 4,000 others.

The Foreign Ministry said that two Sri Lankans have been injured due to the explosion and the Sri Lanka Embassy is awaiting further information in this regard from the Ministry of Public Health.

“As a result of the sudden explosion, minor damages have occurred at the premises of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Beirut and in the residences of the Embassy officials. However, the Embassy officials have not sustained any injuries,” the Foreign Ministry said.

Around 25000 Sri Lankans presently reside in Lebanon and the Sri Lanka Embassy continues to maintain 24-hour hotlines which are open for queries.

The contact details are as follows: Tel: +961 5769585 Email: [email protected]

The whole city was shaken by the blast yesterday (Tuesday), which began with a fire at the port which exploded into a mushroom cloud, BBC had reported.

President Michel Aoun said 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate had been stored unsafely in a warehouse for six years.

The country will observe an official period of mourning for three days from Wednesday.

“Over 100 have lost their lives. Our teams are still conducting search and rescue operations in the surrounding areas,” the Lebanese Red Cross added in a statement on Wednesday. (Courtesy BBC)

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