The local officials assume that the number of victims of the disaster will keep growing. Search and rescue works are underway.
The authorities believe the blast occurred due to the ignition of 2,700 tons of confiscated ammonium saltpeter, which was kept in a storage in the seaport in Beirut for six years.
President Michel Aoun convened the Supreme Defense Council, which agreed to announce Beirut the city that suffered from the natural disaster. The families of the deceased will get a compensation. As the Beirut seaport was destroyed by the explosion, the import supplies will be redirected to Tripoli, north Lebanon.
The government will hold an urgent session on Wednesday; a two-week state of emergency may be introduced.
The explosion thundered in Beirut on August 4. It emitted an enormous shockwave, which destroyed much of the city's civilian and governmental infrastructre and reached Cyprus.