WHO to assess health effects of ammonium nitrate in Beirut

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is about to conduct a health impact assessment of ammonium nitrate, according to a preliminary version, exploded in the port of Beirut. This was announced on 8 August by WHO Lebanon Technical Officer Elissar Radi.

“In partnership with the American University of Beirut (AUB) Environmental Conservation Center (NCC), a brochure has already been developed and distributed to inform the general public on the exposure and protection against chemical explosion; a deeper assessment of the impact of a chemical explosion on the environment and health will be carried out in partnership with the AUB NCC, “Radi said in a conversation with RIA Novosti.

Earlier on Saturday, it became known that the number of victims of the explosion that thundered on August 4 in the port of Beirut increased to 158.

Fire of 2.7 tons of ammonium nitrate during welding was named as a preliminary cause of the incident. The facades of dozens of buildings were destroyed and damaged, and more than 5 thousand people were injured of varying severity.

At the same time, as it turned out on August 8, Lebanese President Michel Aoun learned about the huge reserves of explosives in the port of Beirut several weeks before the explosion.

At the moment, the rubble is being dismantled in the city, and the Emergencies Ministry employees who arrived by air from Russia are helping the victims.

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