Fifteen Sri Lankans injured in Beirut blast | Daily News

Fifteen Sri Lankans injured in Beirut blast

The number of Sri Lankans injured in the Beirut explosion has increased to 15, and all of them are out of danger, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Beirut Shani Karunaratne told the Daily News yesterday. A state of emergency was declared in Beirut, Lebanon, when a massive explosion killed at least 150 people and injured nearly 5,000 others, according to foreign media.

Karunaratne said that Sri Lankans who were injured during the incident are now ‘settling-down’ and is not expecting the number of injured from Sri Lanka to further increase.

“Some of the injured are still in hospitals.We can’t reach them in hospitals because this is a big catastrophe and the hospitals are full,” Karunaratne said also assuring that the patients are in good hands.

The President of Lebanon Michel Aoun said the blast was ignited by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that was stored in a warehouse in the port area in Beirut. Meanwhile, a flight is scheduled from Lebanon next week to repatriate migrant workers who were affected by the ongoing COVID -19 pandemic. Thus far, one repatriation flight operated from Lebanon on May 25.

“We are still in the preparatory stages of the next flight,” Karunaratne added.

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