Massive Explosion Leaves Beirut Looking Like a War Zone and Adds to Economic Woes

Making ABTS facilities ready to house people after the explosion. (Photo courtesy of ABTS on Facebook)

“I’ve never seen Beirut like that,” says Wissam Nasrallah of the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development. “Parts of the city lie in apocalyptic ruin.”

LSESD is located on the outskirts of the city of Beirut, where yesterday a massive explosion crippled the port. The resulting shockwave shattered glass all across the city. The death toll has reached 137, with 4,000 wounded. Many more are still missing.

Countries all around the region and the world have pledged to help Lebanon deal with the aftermath of the explosion.

Nasrallah says, “Most staff are safe, thank God. We have minor injuries that were a result of the flying glass.”

We reported recently on Beirut Baptist School, a hub of inclusive education in Lebanon. Nasrallah made his way into the city on Wednesday to see what damage had been done to the school. “It’s around 3.5 miles away from the explosion, and I can say most windows and doors have been shattered. And the school is not in very good shape. ”

Nasrallah describes what he saw as he made his way through the city. “It looks like a war zone. The devastation is huge. The shockwave shattered windows. Buildings are collapsing. balconies are blown away.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray that people in Lebanon will get the food and medical supplies they need following the explosion.
  • Consider helping LSESD financially as they care for people that have lost their homes.
  • Pray the Church in Lebanon will bear witness to the hope of Christ, even in the midst of this tragedy.