The event, which generated support from the entire international community, caused a domino effect that had repercussions on senior Lebanese government officials, caused social unrest and reactivated protests that had stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the large number of events, we put together a review of everything that happened .
August 4: the explosion
On a day that seemed normal in the capital of Lebanon, all the cameras of cell phones focused to watch what was happening in the port, where a column of smoke rose inside a building that burned uncontrollably. This was followed by two explosions that left the world stunned
The videos showed how the shocking orange cloud rose and the shock wave threw those who were filming. It generated a crater 43 meters deep, left 300 thousand people homeless, 6,500 injured and 190 dead .
August 7: the demonstrations begin
Thousands of people turned up in the emblematic Plaza de los Mártires to protest against the government, asking for explanations, resignations and a reform in Lebanon's politics . The protests would continue for several days.
August 9: Two ministers resign
The first member of the Lebanese government to resign was the Minister of Information, Manal Abdel Samad . Hours later, the Lebanese Minister of Environment and Administrative Development also resigned, Damianos Kattar .
August 11: the government resigns
The Prime Minister of Lebanon, Hassan Diab announced the resignation of the government, after four other ministers decided to step down from their positions. The Lebanese president, Michel Aoun asked him to continue in command until a new government is established through parliament.
August 12: They resume the activities in the port of Beirut
In an impressive operation, the Lebanese army manages to put the port of Beirut back into operation, mainly with the aim of being able to receive humanitarian aid that arrives from different countries around the world.
France is one of the countries that helps the most, establishing an " air and sea bridge " to carry more than 18 tons of medical aid and near 700 tons of food .
September 3: one more survivor?
Almost a month after the explosion, a group of Chilean rescuers discovered signs of life among the ruins of the city implying that all this time there may have been a person buried in the rubble . The person who produced the signs of life has not yet been found.
Today reconstruction work continues in the Lebanese capital, with hundreds of thousands of people living on the margins due to the catastrophe. In social networks, the term “ Lebanon cannot wait ” became a trend, while around the world it was demanded by a response from the authorities, who are still in power, about what happened.