President Uhuru pens letter to Lebanon after Beirut explosion

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A helicopter puts out a fire at the scene of an explosion at the port of Lebanon's capital Beirut on August 4, 2020. (Photo by STR / AFP)

President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of solidarity and encouragement to President Michel Aoun, after a devastating explosion devastated the capital city of Beirut – By Gerald Gekara.

President Uhuru said the destruction of their capital city was a blow to the country, after the death of atleast 80 people, and thousands severely injured.

“President Kenyatta has expressed Kenya’s sympathy for the Lebanese people and wished them God’s comfort as they come to terms with the regrettable destruction of their iconic capital city.” the Statement read.

At least 80 people have been killed and more than 2,500 are wounded in a massive explosion at the port in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut.

The explosion that allegedly resulted from a fireworks warehouse, was blamed on a heap of the highly explosive Ammonium Nitrate that had been stored for six months.

According to Lebanese Health Minister Hassan Hamad, majority of those affected were injured by flying glass and debris.

The explosion released a shockwave causing widespread damage to buildings and shattering windows in as far as 15 miles.

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