‘Catastrophe’: Lebanese PM pleads for help as over 30 people confirmed dead & 3,000 injured in Beirut blasts
Lebanon’s health minister has confirmed 30 deaths following explosions in the country’s capital, with thousands more injured. The blasts are under investigation, with early reports linking it to stored fireworks and chemicals.
Two blasts struck the port area of Beirut, with the first hitting at around 6pm local time. The second appeared much stronger, sending a huge mushroom cloud-shaped plume of smoke and debris high overhead.