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Beirut Explosion: What You Need To Know

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  • At least 137 people were killed and 5,000 wounded in a massive explosion that shook Beirut on Tuesday, according to Lebanon’s health minister.
  • Hundreds have been reported missing, raising fears that the death toll will rise, the health minister said Wednesday. 
  • More than 300,000 people have been displaced from their homes. Authorities declared Beirut a “disaster city” and imposed a two-week state of emergency.
  • It’s still unclear what exactly caused the explosion. Lebanon’s prime minister said an investigation would focus on an estimated 2,750 metric tons of the explosive ammonium nitrate stored at a warehouse.