BEIRUT, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) — The Lebanese government on Monday approved a plan to demolish the remains of the northern part of the Beirut port’s wheat silos and strengthen the southern bloc, according to a statement by the Lebanese Council of Ministers.
The government’s decision comes as the northern portion of the silos continues to tip. It is expected to fall soon due to a fire that burned for weeks from the fermentation of 800 tons of grain stored inside.
“We agreed to quickly and technically investigate the destruction of the northern part of the silos and reinforce the southern part,” Acting Environment Minister Nasser Yassin said.
The two blasts that rocked the port of Beirut on August 4, 2020 severely damaged wheat silos, killing more than 200 people and injuring thousands more.
Relatives of the victims of the explosion want to keep the silos as “silent witnesses” and a memorial for the victims.
(Web Editor: Rosa Liu, Zhao Jian)