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More silos collapse at Port of Beirut as air quality concerns mount

Other parts of the grain silos have collapsed this summer as the 2020 port explosion continues to plague Lebanon.
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The Port of Beirut's infrastructure continues to suffer from the effects of the 2020 explosion. 

More of the port’s grain silos collapsed again today, Lebanon’s official National News Agency reported. 

The section that collapsed is the last silo in the northern section. The silos in the southern section remain standing, according to the Lebanese news outlet L’Orient Today

Why it matters: The silos were heavily damaged — along with much of Beirut — during the 2020 port explosion. The blast occurred when tons of fertilizer caught fire and exploded. No one has been convicted in relation to the tragedy, which led to more than 200 deaths, and the incident has been a continued source of anger in crisis-stricken Lebanon

Other parts parts of the silos collapsed in July following a fire. There was anther collapse earlier this month. 

The collapses have prompted air quality concerns in Beirut. Earlier this month, the Environment Ministry said it had conducted an air quality check and found no issues. 

Accuweather reported Beirut's air quality as "fair" today. The assesssment does not necessarily take into account the vicinity of the silos, which is close to populous downtown Beirut. 

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Miktati called today for the southern section fo the silos to be designated a memorial, the Lebanese news outlet Naharnet reported. 

Know more: Lebanon’s economic crisis continues to grow worse. Recently, some cash-strapped Lebanese have been opting to get married online. Many Lebanese in mixed religious relationships, who must obtain a civil marriage abroad, are having difficulties paying the travel costs amid the crisis. 

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