Hope fades for finding any person beneath the buildings’ rubble of the ones destroyed during the thrilling explosion of the previous month. Search efforts continued for two days, and eventually, there was nothing spotted.
There were some signs of existence of life as detected by the sensors, and after that, the rescue teams started searching through the debris. However, the rescuers complete the second day of the search without having any results in hand.
On Friday, there was a minute of silence across the whole capital, Beirut, marking one month after the explosion that almost killed 200 of its citizens. Apart from the loss of lives, thousands of residents were injured severely with the detonation of about 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate.
Among the people, there is growing fury and anger for unsafe storage of the hazardous materials at such a considerable amount, and that too near the residential areas at the port of the city, in a warehouse. For several nights, there were intense clashes between the police and the public, and not even the resignation by the government of Lebanese managed to calm the protesters.
As stated by the officials of Lebanese, seven people still are missing even after the completion of a month since the explosion.
All about the current search:
Search efforts progressively started after the detection of the signs of life by the Chilean rescue team. They revealed finding the characters under the remains of a destroyed building located between Mar Mikhael and Gemmayze.
They stated that they were having a walk on Wednesday night near the areas when the sniffer dogs, trained exclusively for spotting the bodies, gave some signs of detecting a person beneath. With their return to the same spot, the next day, the dogs showed the same symptoms at the same site. After that, pulse detector sensor equipment also detected some signs in that area.
On Friday, Francisco Lermanda, the Chilean rescue team’s head reported that beneath the rubbles at around 3m of depth, there are some signs of slow breathing detected. He also added that they dug about 3 tunnels intending to reach the spot where they detected the pulse, but they still have no clues whether anyone there is dead or alive.
Nicholas Saade, the rescue co-ordinator stated on Friday that the pulse rate has significantly slowed down in the previous days, and the reporters then told that there weren’t any signs detected as per the recent tests. Crowds gathered too is hoping a miracle and to view the search efforts.
Mohammed Houry stated that they all hoped that someone might be alive, but even if the bodies are found only, it will help the families get peace. However, on Friday evening, the Chilean team suspended the search, and couldn’t locate any survivor or even a body. They committed to returning in the morning again. According to the reporters, a team of Lebanese continued with the search after that too.
The rescuers from Chile are of the Los Topos aid organization that took part in rescuing 33 miners of Chile trapped 700m below the ground for around 2 months in 2010. They also rescued one more survivor of the Haiti earthquake.