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Ten Sri Lankans injured in Beirut blast: SL embassy

ECONOMYNEXT – Ten Sri Lankans were injured in the devastating explosion that shook Beirut earlier this week, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Lebanon’s capital said today.

The blast killed 137 people as of today and injured over 5,000. Information on any missing persons is presently unavailable, the embassy said in a statement.

“Damages to the chancery and residences of the embassy officials are being repaired while the Sri Lanka Embassy continues to remain open for queries and serves the public between 0800 hrs to 1600 hrs daily.  Large numbers have been visiting and contacting the embassy seeking reassurance and comfort,” the statement said.

Lebanon declared a state of national mourning for three days as the Supreme Defense Council declared Beirut a disaster city.  A state of emergency has been declared for a period of two weeks starting August 4. Lebanon, which is also in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, is in lockdown until August 10.

Dry ration collection for the stranded is underway, said the Sri Lanka embassy, adding that the ambassador continues to have a close dialogue with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Peace Keepers and is also in close contact with Lebanese authorities to receive detailed information.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s message of solidarity and condolence was conveyed to President Michel Aoun yesterday by the embassy, it added. (Colombo/Aug6/2020)

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