Search teams in Beirut have said that they’ve found possible signs of life in a collapsed building. This comes one month after the devastating explosion that destroyed parts of the Lebanon capital. Beirut-based journalist, Bel Trew, gave more insight into the possible “miracle” search to BBC Breakfast.
She said: “It’s been a bit fraught here overnight.
“At one point the Army actually called off the search because parts of the building were coming down, but onlookers were furious.
“They said if there is anyone else who is alive under that rubble then they need to continue the search.
“They immediately intervened, someone even called a crane in, people clambered on top of the rubble and said they wouldn’t leave until the rescue operation started up again.”
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Beirut explosion: Bel Trew, gave more insight into the possible ‘miracle’.
Ms Trew continued: “Security have cordoned off the street, they’ve got a crane and they’re hoping to find that person who they believe may be a small child.
“And to see if they’re alive as well, which is obviously not very likely seeing as it’s been an entire month since the blast happened.
“The volunteer Chilean rescue team using parts of their equipment found what they believed to be a very slow heartbeat under the rubble, they used thermal imaging and found the shape of two bodies, the smaller one curled up showed signs of life. That was enough for them to start trying to look.”
Emergency workers have been painstakingly searching through the rubble after a rescue dog indicated that a person could still be alive underneath the rubble.
Beirut explosion: Search teams in Beirut have said that they’ve found possible signs of life.
A rescue dog also indicated that a person could still be alive underneath the rubble.
According to the journalist, that was “enough for them to start trying to look”.
Rescuers said that even if there was a 0.1 percent chance of finding anything there, they’ll work through the day and the night to find out.
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Ms Trew added: “At the moment we don’t have any answers of what exactly they are looking for, if they are in fact going to find a survivor.
“But they have got three stories worth of the rubble to dig through in very difficult circumstances with most of the building not stable at all.”
The blast killed at least 160 people and injured 6000 others.
It was reportedly caused by the unsafe storage of ammonium nitrate in a warehouse at the city’s port for up to seven years.
Corruption and neglect were widely blamed for the storage, and the Lebanese Government was subsequently pressured into resigning from their posts.
Source:Daily Express :: World Feed