Death toll of the Beirut explosion rises to 200

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Beirut, Lebanon — The death toll of the explosion that happened in the capital city of Lebanon, Beirut has risen to 200.

According to the governer of the city, they believe that more than 200 people have been killed by the devastating explosion in Beirut that happened on previous Tuesday.

Dozens are still missing and majority of them are foreign workers, said Marwan Abboud.

The city saw a second night of violence on Sunday when the police clashed with the protesters that were angry with the government’s response to the disaster.

The resignation of a cabinet minister and several MPs has failed to quell the fury.

Since the explosion on Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of people have been living in severely damaged homes, many without windows or doors.

UN agencies have warned of a humanitarian crisis unless food and medical aid are delivered immediately.

At a virtual summit hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday, International donors pledged $297m (£227m) in aid for Lebanon.

They said the funds had to be “directly delivered to the Lebanese population”.

The authorities of the Lebanese said that the blast was the result of the detonation of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that were stored unsafely at the port for six years.

The decision to keep so much explosive material in a warehouse near the city centre has been met with disbelief and fury by many Lebanese, who have long accused the political elite of corruption, neglect and mismanagement.