'This is ground zero': Sky News enters epicentre of disaster with first international rescue teams

Amid a desperate effort to rescue people possibly trapped in an underground room, the immense scale of destruction becomes clear.

8/7/2020 12:29:00 AM

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Amid a desperate effort to rescue people possibly trapped in an underground room, the immense scale of destruction becomes clear.

They're taking in specialist equipment to try and detect any sound or any movement.The Lebanese civil defence have already said that they've pinpointed areas around here where they don't think people have survived, from where a terrible smell is coming.

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But here, there is still a little bit of hope, just because of this underground compartment that they are now trying to reach.You can see there are tons and tons of debris on top of it, but it hasn't collapsed.It's stayed on top of the ground and hasn't, as far as we can see, penetrated below.

That's why they're spending so much time and effort.This is one of the first international teams to arrive here in Lebanon. They arrived this afternoon.The Russians have already set up a field hospital in the old stadium in. It is very impressive, with tents and tents of medical equipment.

They've bought a specialist team that is very experienced and skilled in search and rescue.The president of France,Emmanuel Macron, was here at this site earlier.He has also seen the most devastated areas in the city and promised his country's help, along with some sort of guarantee that he'll ensure that any donated funds from France will go to the right people.

Beirut explosion: Before and after pictures show scale of damage to cityWhether this was caused by accident or some sort of deliberate attack, there are many people here who still believe the latter could be the case, largely because they distrust almost everything that their government tells them.

The government has had accusations of corruption levelled against them for many years and the scene off this explosion, which was this huge store of ammonium nitrate kept here at this warehouse that exploded and set of this terrible chain of destruction, laid here and was stored here for six years.

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It's looking ugly there. I don't blame them. Best use your spare energy to look for survivors!

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Inside Beirut's ground zero: Images reveal the scale of devastationRescuers worked throughout the night scouring ground zero for survivors after the cataclysmic blast in Beirut, Lebanon. What a catastrophe for these poor people - and all caused it seems by negligence, corruption and greed. DailyMailUK It is heart rending to see such carnage in Beirut. Perhaps international hospital ships should be sent a.s.a.p. - there is access by sea!

Beirut explosion: international rescue workers fly in to boost search for survivorsRace begins to find alive those trapped in rubble of Lebanon’s capital after Tuesday’s enormous blast That's professional people on the ground. It's very helpful. And needed. God Bless Lebanon and its people 🙏💜 This is the world I love! ❤️ SecPompeo so how are we helping? :)