UN alerts for toxic waste after explosion in Beirut, Lebanon

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UN alerts for toxic waste after explosion in Beirut, Lebanon




Experts are already analyzing the risks of toxic waste left in Beirut, Lebanon, after ammonium nitrate explosions. Photo: Reuters.


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Experts are already analyzing the risks of toxic waste left in Beirut, Lebanon, after ammonium nitrate explosions. Photo: Reuters.


An agency of the United Nations (HIM-HER-IT) expressed his concern on Friday about the toxic waste generated by the gigantic explosion of a warehouse with 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate At the port of Beirut, capital and main maritime point of Lebanon, and asked that its impact and danger to people living in that region be analyzed.

The catastrophe of last Tuesday, August 4, 2020, which caused more than 171 dead and 6,500 injured, in addition to leaving thousands of other people homeless, “covered Beirut of layers and layers of waste”Of all kinds, explained from Lebanon Rekha Das, crisis counselor for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), during a videoconference press conference organized from Geneva, Switzerland.

“We must analyze the different types of waste: toxic, medical, electronic. We must determine those that are dangerous and those that are not, those that can be recycled and those that are not, and keep those that cannot be recycled in safe places ”.



Photo: Reuters.


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Photo: Reuters.

“The problem”, he said Rekha Das from the HIM-HER-IT, it is important because there was already a problem in Beirut, Lebanon, with the selection of waste”. In addition to these visible wastes and contamination, the Mediterranean, “Of which we know little,” he acknowledged. This task of analyzing waste, which is “just beginning”, will be carried out in collaboration with experts from the European Union (EU) and voluntary organizations.

Rekha Das acknowledged that “it will be difficult to reach the damaged areas”, since there are still “bricks and tiles that fall”, but they expect to obtain the first preliminary results “within a week”. He UNDP from HIM-HER-IT estimates that at least three million dollars to finance the first waste analysis tasks. He government of Lebanon already resigned after the recorded explosions.

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