Beirut blast: 2,060 restaurants, 163 hotels severely damaged

IANS
Monday, 24 August 2020

At least 2,060 restaurants and 163 hotels were severely damaged by the August 4 Port of Beirut explosions

At least 2,060 restaurants and 163 hotels were severely damaged by the August 4 Port of Beirut explosions, an official said on Monday. Pierre Ashkar, president of the Syndicate of Hotels Owners in Lebanon, said that the cost of fixing the damages ranged between $100,000-$14 million per establishment, reports Xinhua news agency.

He also added that it was hard to assess the indirect losses caused by the full or partial closure of hotels. Ashkar said that more than half of employees in the tourism sector have lost their jobs due to the explosions that killed at least 177 people and injured some 6,000 others. Primary information reveals that ammonium nitrate stored since 2014 at the port's warehouse No. 12 may have caused the explosions. The incident has caused billions of dollars in losses on different levels, prompting foreign countries to send support for Lebanon.

On August 4, 2,700 tonnes of stored ammonium nitrate exploded in Beirut’s port, killing more than 170 people and leaving another 3,00,000 homeless.

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