Explosions and fires fuel Lebanon’s trauma

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He Lebanon live a dramatic weekend amid flames. Around the country have taken place four explosions different that have ended the life of five people and they have left several wounded. Meanwhile, the woods from Lebanon return to burn since Friday. No fatalities, the fire has caused material damage, some injuries and has devoured several hectares in the mountainous areas of the country of cedars. In turn, given the increase in coronavirus infections in the last week, the Government has imposed new restrictive measures as a curfew, the confinement of 169 municipalities and the closure of bars and restaurants.

With the recent memory of the explosion in the port of Beirut on August 4, Lebanese society feels condemned to constantly relive its trauma. Last Friday the detonation of a diesel tank At a bakery in the Tariq al-Jadideh neighborhood of Beirut, it caused four deaths and around 50 wounded. Nearby buildings were damaged and the panic dominated the neighborhood that, like the rest of Beirutis, lives with the mourning for the almost 200 lost souls two months ago due to the negligence of the government.

The images of the evacuation tasks of the Lebanese Army they were repeated throughout the weekend. Saturday morning the residential area of Achrafieh in the capital woke up to another detonation in a shop that left one dead and two wounded. In Jiyyeh, in southern Lebanon, a gasoline tank explosion injured four people while in the northern city of Tripoli the detonation of another tank inside a car did not cause injuries.

Lebanon burns

“The fire index, according to the early warning system of the Chouf Cedar Reserve, indicates a continuous high risk of fire& rdquor ;, indicated the Chouf Biosphere Reserve on its Twitter account. Almost a year after the devastating forest fires that devastated the Lebanese mountains, the scenario is repeating itself, causing irreparable damage to forests that could take up to 20 or 30 years to recover. From the north to the south of the country, Army helicopters have been trying to put out the flames since Friday.

Each year, Lebanon loses an average of 1,200 to 1,500 hectares of forest per year due to forest fires that were especially aggressive during last October, which saw the highest average temperatures in the last 150 years. He hundred forest fires who have burned Lebanese land since Thursday are under control. Also in neighboring Syria, its population has faced fire this weekend.

In addition, the increase in coronavirus infections that exceeds the thousand daily in a country of six million inhabitants, it has forced the government to apply new measures. This Sunday the Minister of the Interior has decreed the closing of bars and restaurants until further notice, and the confinement of 169 municipalities and districts. He has also insisted on the established curfew from one to six in the morning. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 52,558 infections have been registered and 450 people died from the virus. Currently, the intensive care units of Lebanese hospitals have reached the 82% of its capacity.

Economic devastation

In the worst economic crisis since the civil war (1975-1990), Lebanon has two months without government after the resignation of Hasan Diab’s cabinet after the explosion. During this year, the country has experienced the devaluation of the local pound by 80% and the destruction of thousands of jobs by the pandemic. The economic losses caused by the explosion add to the climate of political instability since the anti-corruption protests last October.

A few days from first anniversary of the “October 17 Movement & rdquor ;, Former Prime Minister Saad al Hariri is emerging as the future candidate for president. It was precisely the non-sectarian demonstrations last fall that resulted in Hariri’s resignation. A exhausted youth of the lashes to which her country subjects her, they see her candidacy as a return to the starting box after the moment of euphoria experienced during the first months of the revolution. East Thursday The consultations to elect a new person in charge of forming the government can be the verification of widespread hopelessness in a scorched country and in an eternal duel.

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