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A massive explosion, Tuesday evening, hit central Beirut, Lebanon, shattering windows, knocking down doors and shaking buildings several hundred feet away.

The blast also injured dozens of people and damaged buildings in the nation’s capital Beirut and its suburbs, officials said.

Footage seen on social media showed a huge mushroom-like plume of smoke billowing into the sky, before a large orange blast shot into the air, forming a massive dome-shaped blast wave.

Further footages also showed how were left strewn across the highway adjoining the Beirut port.

Like its cause, the causality from the blast is still unclear, but many people are feared to be trapped in rubble in the surroundings of the blast.

A on showed a dad cuddling his son docking under a cabinet when the blast shook their home, the dad mouthing some words of prayer.

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There were also severe damages to buildings and shops in the area, including the home of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Bloomberg reported.

Likewise, Bel Trew, a Middle East correspondent for The Independent, shared a footage of the devastating effects the explosion had on her home: shattered windows and screens, rippled doors, and messy rooms.

“The cats are safe,” a terrified voice said from one of the rooms.

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At first, local media said the blast was due to fireworks, but Lebanese security chief, Abbas Ibrahim, said it was not. Bloomberg reported him saying the blast was due to highly explosive materials at the port depot.

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The country’s health minister also told journalists at least dozens were wounded but did not give further details of casualties, according to TheGuardian UK.

Lebanon, a mountain range country in the Middle East, is undergoing one of its worst political and financial crisis in decades.

On Monday, Bloomberg said, the country’s foreign minister resigned, saying the country risks becoming “a failed state” for the turmoil it faces.

 

The government, backed by militant group Hezbollah and its allies, has struggled to carry out reforms demanded by the international community as a condition for a bailout.

A recent $10 billion loan request from the International Monetary Fund has stalled. This has left the government with no option but to shift its quest to Gulf countries, primarily Kuwait, Iraq and Qatar.

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Yet, many Gulf states and the U.S. classify Hezbollah as a terrorist group.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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Teenage Covid-19 patient ‘is raped by an ambulance driver while being taken to hospital’ in India

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A 19-year-old girl was allegedly raped by an ambulance driver on her way to the hospital after she tested positive for COVID-19.

 

The teenage girl was reportedly attacked by a man known as V Noufal, 29, while on their way to the Firstline Covid Treatment Centre in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, India, on Saturday night, September 5.

 

Noufal was arrested on Sunday morning September 6, after the victim told a staff of the hospital about the alleged incident when she arrived in Pandalam.

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After his arrest, Police said he had not obtained the mandatory clearance certificate before joining as a driver.

 

Health Minister KK Shailaja described the attack in Kerala as ‘shocking’ and ‘inhuman’.

 

A health department official told The Indian Express that the driver is usually sent alone to a particular locality to pick up patients to limit the exposure of health workers.

 

The official said: ‘The driver’s chamber is partitioned and no other staff or nurse accompanies the driver while ferrying patients to hospital.

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‘This is to limit the exposure of health workers to infected persons. In rare cases, if the patient is serious, we send a nurse. In this case, both patients were stable.’

 

The attack is the latest in a series of high profile sexual offenses in India. Last week, a three-year-old girl was raped and strangled in the Lakhimpur Kher district, of Uttar Pradesh.

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‘Black Death’ bubonic plague outbreak spreads after man ate infected rodent, killing 3 in Mongolia and 2 in China

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A man has died after becoming infected with the bubonic plague as a result of eating an infected marmot rodent in Mongolia.

 

The 38-year-old man is the third victim to have died from bubonic plague in Mongolia as the ” Black Death ” spreads across the country.

 

He became seriously ill with a high fever in Khovsgol province after eating an infected marmot rodent. He died of respiratory and cardiovascular problems while on a respirator, officials say.

 

Around 25 people he was in contact with in Tosontsengel district have been tested for the deadly disease.

 

It is the country’s third fatality from the plague in the past two months.

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In July, a 15-year-old boy died in Govi-Altai province, while a 42-year-old man died in Khovd province in August.

 

A total of 17 of Mongolia’s 21 provinces are now at risk from bubonic plague, according to its National Centre for Communicable Diseases.

 

Two deaths were also reported in China.

 

Russia has taken major steps to stop a spread of the Black Death across its frontiers with Mongolia and China.

 

 

Tens of thousands of citizens have been vaccinated in border areas in the Tuva and Altai republics of Siberia.

 

One outbreak was recorded on the Ukok plateau of the Altai Mountains in Russia, for the first time in more than 60 years.

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Two other Russian regions, TransBaikal and Buryatia, are also taking action against the killer disease.

 

Tourists visiting the area have been warned to remain vigilant by Russia’s health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor.

 

The organisation said: “Infection of people is possible, first of all, when cutting marmots after poaching, or through the bites of infected fleas and ticks that remain in the holes of rodents after their death from the plague.”

 

Bubonic plague is a bacterial disease spread by fleas living on wild rodents like marmots, which kills in less than 24 hours if not treated quickly.

 

Up to 200 million people were killed by the Black Death – bubonic plague – in the 14th century.

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