IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said:
“I express my deepest condolences and sincerest sympathies to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Lebanon following the catastrophic explosions in the port of Beirut yesterday. The port provides a vital artery bringing food, medicines and supplies to the country and its destruction will have devastating consequences. The United Nations is assisting the immediate response to the incident. The International Maritime Organization stands ready to assist in any way we can.”
Two massive blasts on the evening of Tuesday, 4th August 2020 shook Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon, causing injuries to thousands and killing at least 78 people, as reported so far. Beirut has now been declared as a disaster area.
The port of Beirut was struck with two explosions last evening, causing severe damage to buildings and homes in its radius, including the Prime Minister’s residence. NNA, the official news agency says that the explosion was caused at the firework depot of the port, that stored highly volatile chemicals in unsafe conditions.