At 1800 hours local time on 4 August, a violent explosion occurred in the port area of Beirut, Lebanon, and the enormous force of the 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate explosion razed the entire port of Beirut to rubble. The blasts destroyed or damaged hundreds of houses and cars, killing more than 170 people, injuring more than 6,000 and left dozens more missing. According tomedia reports, on September 3, local time, rescue workers through a thermal imager found signs of life in a ruin.
Rescuers are understood to have found signs of life in the ruins of the Mar Mikhael neighbourhood, one of the worst-hit areas of the devastating blast.
On Thursday (September 3), a rescue team from Chile found “abnormalities” near a collapsed building by search-and-rescue dogs.
Rescuers then used scanners to search for heartbeats and breathing, detecting signs of 18 to 19 heartbeats per minute. A volunteer assisting in the search confirmed that the rescue equipment identified not animals, but people’s heartbeat and breathing.
He lamented that it was rare, but not unheard of, to survive a month under the rubble.
Youssef Malah, a local civil defence worker, said: “Niney-nine per cent of them are likely to be nothing, and even if we want less than 1 per cent, we should continue to search.” “
At present, the search and rescue work is still ongoing.