A month ago, on the fateful morning of August 4 left the whole world in distress. An overload of ammonium nitrate exploded, leaving more than 190 dead and 6,500 injured. A rescue team of 50 took to combing through the collapsed building in search of life detected by sensors. The citizens of Beirut felt malice to the politicians, who’s reckless costed lives and inflation the previous year.
A nerve-wracking 72 hours later, the Chilean team clawed their way out of the ruins, bearing upsetting news. “Unfortunately, today, we can say there’s no sign of life inside of the building,” Francisco Lermanda, who headed the Chilean rescue team leading the operation, told reporters at NPR on Saturday evening. The Chilean team unremittingly searched for life, indicated by their sniffer dog. Their sensors also seemed to observe signs of life — a respiratory cycle. Started Thursday evening, the team relentlessly rifled through the rumbles. They could not even locate a body. Besides, the odds of discovering a living person was rather slim, considering the event took place a month ago. Lermanda said:
“We never stop with even 1 percent of hope, We never stop until the job is done.”
By Thursday evening, the site was cordoned off, as it proved to be unsafe, and would potentially put the lives of the rescue team in danger. It was Friday when cranes arrived to aid them to go further deep into the building. Though hopes of the citizens were shattered, there also was a sense of relief that no one was left to suffer in the rubble. “At least the Chilean and Lebanese rescue teams tried. At least they gave all their hearts and sweat. Especially when those in charge did not care about doing massive searches, just asking people if they know someone living there,” wrote political activist Jad Chaaban.
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