Why the consequences of the explosion in Beirut are especially devastating

“Lebanon is in a deep crisis: the country is constantly losing electricity, almost everything has to be imported – and some residents exchange televisions for diapers. An explosion in the port of Beirut cut the country off from one of the most important supply routes,” the German newspaper writes Southgerman newspaper.

“(…) Life in a country that was once called the” Switzerland of the Middle East “has long reached a state that can be generally called catastrophic, – notes the journalist Moritz Baumstiger. – The power grid provides only a few hours of energy a day, at the same time billions disappearing into the state utility. The streets are cluttered with rubbish, while a new recycling system has been discussed for decades. The currency loses 80% of its value in a few months – the Lebanese pound continues to fall as prices rise daily. ”

“The consequence of the general financial and commodity deficit was, among other things, the weakness of medical provision. The state health care system, like most other state institutions, was on the verge of collapse,” the article says.

“It is hard to imagine how it is possible to restore and carry out the necessary repair work in the city, where even representatives of the middle class tried to get a package of medicines or diapers in exchange for a TV set on goods exchange sites,” the newspaper notes.

“But even if other countries, as they announced in the first reactions, provide the country with generous assistance, it will be difficult to help the Lebanese for a long time,” the author of the article believes. “The country produces almost nothing, it is almost entirely dependent on imports. Even wheat for bread, which becomes more and more scarce, more than 80% is supplied from abroad. ”

“Lebanon’s borders lead to civil war-torn Syria and Israel, with which the country is officially still at war. Air and sea routes remain to transport badly needed goods – but the country’s main port is almost completely destroyed, the largest grain storage in the center of the explosion.” …

“How tragic are the consequences of the explosion that hit the city in crisis, so symptomatic of what happened for the country,” the newspaper writes. If the words of Prime Minister Hassan Diyab that more than 2.7 thousand tons of ammonium nitrate were stored for years without protection in the center of critical infrastructure are true, then this “fits the almost criminal negligence with which the country’s politicians have ruled for decades. with which Lebanon neglects its citizens would deal a hard blow to any country in the world, “concludes Die Zeit.


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