Beirut explosion: Before-and-after pictures show the damage one year on

Many buildings still lie in ruins a year after the blast devastated much of downtown Beirut

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On August 4 last year, Beirut was rocked by a huge explosion, caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate detonating at the city’s port.

The blast killed 218 people, injured thousands more. It left much of the area close to the port in ruins, including the popular neighbourhoods of Gemmayze and Mar Mikhael.

A year on, The National takes a look at how the city has changed.

Click through the gallery above or check out the before-and-after photos below to see how much of Beirut has been rebuilt. And how much still lies in ruins.

Updated: August 04, 2021, 8:32 AM