After a month following the devastating Beirut blast, rescuers hope to find a survivor beneath the rubble slims down.
After the twin explosions that reaped through Central Beirut, rescuers and volunteers have since been keen to look for possible survivors. During the recent search, hopes were high when a sensor detected a “slow pulse” underneath the rubble.
Rescuer dog smelled a sign of life?
According to The New York Times, A squad of rescuers from Chile and their rescue dog Flash might have found a sign of life last Thursday. It was beneath all the debris from the “destroyed historic building” in Beirut.
After Flash “smelled something,” a technician fired up a sensor that picked up “a slow pulse underneath.” Rescuers believed it could be a heartbeat.
Unfortunately, days after Flash’s discovery, rescuers are yet to find a survivor. In fact, as an updated report from the same news outlet, no other indication of life was detected over the weekend.
Rescuers have dug day and night, according to the publication, covering 95% of the area of the destroyed building. On Sunday, the coordinator of Topos, the Chile-based rescue team, told the publication that “technically speaking, there are no signs of life.”
Furthermore, rescuers will reportedly continue the search until they’ve covered the whole area. Volunteers have helped the foreign rescuers with the search, including the Lebanese Civil Defense crews and other foreign volunteers.
After all efforts and remedies were exhausted, Lermanda acknowledged that the detected sign of life might have been from the workers inside the said building.
The sad ending of this supposed glimmer of hope marks another disappointment for the people of Lebanon. The Lebanese people have reportedly clung on to the developments of this search, but as the search continues without no other indication of life, the hope has slowly faded.
Beirut struggles after explosion
Accordingly, Beirut has been in turmoil following the event that took more than 190 lives. Its economy is reportedly at a free fall. Not to mention hitting a political limbo, as its Prime Minister and most of the members of the Beirut government stepping down.
The port where the blast originated was one of the biggest in the Eastern Mediterranean, per World Finance. The country’s trade hub was a vital source of its economy’s lifeline.
Although the finance publication noted, the country’s economic crisis has long been present even before the blast happened. As it turns out, this is because of “decades of corruption and mismanagement of the economy.”
Nonetheless, as the publication dubs the country’s situation as the “worst in modern history.”
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