About 2750 tonnes of Ammonium nitrate were stored in the Beirut port warehouse that exploded on 4th of August 2020, devastating large parts of the Lebanese capital. “It is unacceptable that a shipment of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate has been present for six years in a warehouse, without taking preventive measures,” Prime minister Haasan Diab said at a defence council meeting, a spokesman told a press conference. “It is unacceptable and we cannot remain silent on this issue” he added.
The explosion caused at least 204 deaths, 6,500 injuries, US$15 billion in property damage, and left an estimated 3,00,000 people homeless. On 10 August 2020, Prime Minister Hassan Diab and the Lebanese cabinet resigned due to mounting political pressure exacerbated by the event.
In the September month of year 2013, a cargo ship MV Rhosus set sail from Batumi, Georgia, to Beira, Mozambique, carrying 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate forced to port in Beirut mechanical issues and possibly engine problems. Other reports suggests that the owner did not have sufficient funds to pay tolls for the Suez Canal and attempted to take on a shipment of heavy machinery in Beirut. The shipment had been ordered by an African explosives manufacturing company for mining in Mozambique.
At one point, owner of the cargo went bankrupt and abandoned the ship after the charterers lost interest in it. Followed by a court case, an Urgent Matters judge in Beirut allowed them to return home. By order of the judge, the cargo was brought ashore in 2014 and placed in Warehouse 12 at the port, where it remained till the blast.
A movie scene in Vishwaroopam 2 shows Kamal Haasan explaining a similar situation to the characters. In the scene, he explains how a warship named as SS Montgomery carrying 1500 tonnes of explosives hits a sandbar and sinks only to pose as a threat to become the biggest non-nuclear explosion in the world. The actor blames the UK government for their ignorance in disposing the explosives.
The film was shot in the year 2013 and got released in 2018. Watch the video below :
When Reel Meets Real! 🎬— Happy Birthday Kamal Haasan! (@DiehardKamalian) October 16, 2020
Watch how this scene from #Ulaganayagan @ikamalhaasan's #Vishwaroopam2 can relate to a real occurrence. 👇
The cost to be paid when governments choose to be careless!😢 pic.twitter.com/zldfU2O2KF
Source : Diehard Kamalians
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