The fourth plane with Russian specialists and equipment flew from Saratov to Beirut, the press service of the Russian Emergencies Ministry reported on Thursday, August 6.
15 employees of Rospotrebnadzor went to the Lebanese capital, and there is also the necessary equipment on board to deploy a laboratory to detect coronavirus. The department noted that all specialists have special suits and personal protective equipment.
“On August 6 at 04:53 an Il-76 plane of the Russian Emergencies Ministry took off from the city of Saratov to Lebanon,” the press service told TASS.
The day before, more than 100 Russian specialists arrived in Beirut, including rescuers and dog handlers with dogs who will look for people under the rubble, as well as doctors and psychologists. In addition, an autonomous airmobile hospital was delivered.
In total, five flights with equipment for the deployment of an airmobile hospital should arrive in the Lebanese capital. Also, more than 150 Russian specialists will fly to Beirut to assist in the elimination of the consequences of the emergency.
The explosion in the area of the seaport of Beirut occurred on 4 August. 137 people died, about 5 thousand were injured. The facades of several buildings located in the immediate vicinity of the site of the emergency collapsed, houses and offices were damaged. As a result of the incident, about 300 thousand people were left homeless.
According to Prime Minister Hassan Diab, the explosion was caused by improper storage of ammonium nitrate weighing 2,750 tons in a warehouse in the port.