Folgen der Beirut Explosion infographic
Grafik zeigt die Schäden durch die Explosion im Hafengebiet von Beirut.


Folgen der katastrophalen Explosion in Beirut

By Duncan Mil

August 6, 2020 - Die katastrophale Explosion im Hafen von Beirut wird den bereits großen Ärger der Menschen mit der libanesischen Regierung noch weiter intensivieren, denn das Land steht vor einer enormen Wirtschaftskrise.

The damage to Lebanon’s most crucial port will exacerbate the country’s existing food and supply shortages. Sixty per cent of Lebanese imports come through the port.

The blast destroyed the section of the port that dealt with bulk goods, including food. The grain silos that were destroyed by the explosion contained 85 per cent of the country’s cereal imports. Lebanon now has grain reserves sufficient for four to six weeks.

The catastrophe will exacerbate already worsening poverty levels by leaving up to 300,000 people homeless. Shortages of foreign exchange, fuel and food have caused prices to surge. Inflation in June stood at 90 per cent overall, and for food alone, it was 250 per cent, according to the government’s statistics agency.

The government defaulted $30 billion of Eurobonds in March and has been trying to get a bailout from the International Monetary Fund.

PUBLISHED: 06/08/2020; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: European Space Imaging