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Video of Woman Rushing a Child to Safety during Beirut Explosion Spreads on the Internet

Junie Sihlangu
Aug 10, 2020
03:00 A.M.
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Earlier in the week, Beirut was struck by a massive explosion that has had the whole world talking. Now a video has gone viral to show how the human race can stand up during times of trial.

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A social media clip has been circulating showing a woman risking her life in order to save a child. The woman, who’s thought to be a maid, was recorded while vacuuming the house.

The little child is seen sitting at a distance before coming closer. At the moment the explosion occurred, shattering windows and other items, the maid had already reacted by picking up the child and carrying the child to safety.

The aftermath of the Port of Beirut explosions on 4 August 2020 | Photo: Wikipedia/Anchal Vohra

The aftermath of the Port of Beirut explosions on 4 August 2020 | Photo: Wikipedia/Anchal Vohra

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SAVING A TODDLER

The impact of the explosion is clearly visible in the now-viral recording with the blinds bellowing in as the blast hit. It’s believed the woman was looking after the child for her employer.

She’s since been hailed as a heroine for risking her life to save a child. Tuesday’s explosion in Beirut, Lebanon killed at least 135 people and more than 4,000 people were injured and others are missing.

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THREE NEWBORNS SAVED

Marwan Abboud, Beirut’s governor, gave a shocking comparison to the recent blast. Abboud said the damage caused by the blast was akin to the atomic bombs which were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan during World War II.

In another part of town, a nurse also became a hero when she went above and beyond to do her duty. The nurse managed to save three newborn babies during the explosion in the Ashrafia area.

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NURSE CRADLES INFANTS

A photographer named Bilal Marie Jawich captured the grim scene at the Lebanese capital's Saint George Hospital University Medical Center. The nurse was photographed while cradling the infants while on the phone in a reception area.

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SURROUNDED BY DEATH

According to Jawich, she was "surrounded by dozens of bodies and wounded" people. A number of buildings were also destroyed in the blast.

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HOSPITAL WAS NON-OPERATIONAL

Four nurses died while around 200 patients, visitors, and staff were injured. The hospital was left non-operational by the explosion with electricity going out for hours in many places.

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WHAT CAUSED THE BLAST

Reports state that the explosion was triggered by a fire that was sparked by a welder. More than 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate allegedly exploded in a warehouse.

The ammonium nitrate, which is used in fertilizers and bombs, had been stored at the warehouse without safety measures in place for six years.

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