Massive Beirut blast kills more than 70, injures thousands

BEIRUT — Lebanon’s health minister says more than 70 people were killed and more than 3,000 were injured in the huge explosion that rocked Beirut.

The blast Tuesday flattened much of the the city’s port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. Hours later, ambulances still carried away the wounded as army helicopters helped battle fires raging at the port.

The sudden devastation overwhelmed a country already struggling with both the coronavirus pandemic and an economic crisis. Beirut hospitals quickly filled beyond capacity, pleading for blood supplies, and generators to keep their lights on.