Devastating photos from Lebanon show destruction in capital city

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The city of Beirut and its residents are still reeling from a massive explosion on Tuesday, which demolished buildings and killed at least 70 people.

Officials believes over 3,000 people have also been injured in the blast, which was felt by residents living miles away from the explosion site, located at Beirut’s port.

The explosion sent a giant mushroom cloud into the sky and the death toll is expected to climb as rescuers dig through the rubble left behind. Army helicopters were see helping battle fires still raging at the port, while ambulances carried away those who were wounded in the hours after the incident.

Photos taken in the aftermath of the explosion show the true scale of devastation the explosion left behind. Lebanese President Michel Aoun said 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate had been stored in a warehouse at the port for six years without safety measures and condemned it as “unacceptable” on Twitter.

He called for a state of emergency to be declared in the Lebanese capital for two weeks.

The Lebanese army joined forces with the Lebanese Red Cross and other rescue groups to try and help any survivors who may be trapped under debris. Dazed people with bloodied faces who were struck by flying debris when the explosion hit were seen in the flattened streets around the site.

The Red Cross said on its Twitter account its teams “cannot reach all the wounded in their homes at the moment”, but they have set up first aid and triage stations to help those with non-critical injuries.

Civilians were also seen helping, carrying survivors away from the ruined buildings and towards safety.

Smoke rises near a destroyed grain silo (EPA)

A general view of the damaged harbor area (EPA)

Residents living more than a kilometre away from the site told PA news agency of its impact on their homes, shattering all windows and causing apartment balconies and ceilings to collapse.

A Lebanese army soldier and a man carry away an injured man at a hospital in the aftermath of an explosion (AFP via Getty Images)

A man carries away an injured girl while walking through debris past in the Achrafiyeh district (AFP via Getty Images)

Paola Rebeiz, who lives in St Nicolas, south of the site, said there were “dead bodies on the street after glass fell on them”.

“The house shook. I don’t have electricity, I don’t have water. It’s been non-stop sirens since the explosion.”

A man reacts at the scene of an explosion at the port in Lebanon’s capital Beirut (AFP via Getty Images)

People walk on a street covered in debris (Getty Images)

Hospitals in the city are packed with those wounded from the blast, with many seen sitting outside waiting to receive treatment. Some were reportedly taken to medical facilities outside the city as Beirut’s hospitals become crowded.

A wounded woman receives help outside a hospital following an explosion in the Lebanese capital Beirut (AFP via Getty Images)

Wounded people received help outside a hospital (AFP via Getty Images)

People injured in the Beirut Port explosion receive first aid at Najjar Hospital in Al-Hamra area (EPA)

Prime Minister Hassan Diab told the nation in a televised address the catastrophe “will not pass without accountability”.

People gather by cars destroyed by the explosion (AFP via Getty Images)

An injured man rests in a chair (Getty Images)

“Those responsible will pay the price,” he said, adding details about the “dangerous warehouse” would be made public.

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