The death toll in the explosion in Beirut exceeded 50

The death toll in the explosion at the port of Beirut has exceeded 70 people, said the Minister of health of Lebanon, Hamad Hassan, the Lebanese MTV channel.

According to the health Ministry, the number of victims has exceeded 3,7 thousand.

A strong explosion occurred Tuesday night near the port of Beirut, according to the correspondent of RIA Novosti, the explosion was preceded by a small cotton, five minutes later a black and white smoke, and then a powerful explosion occurred in the skies the pillar of red smoke. In houses in a radius of several kilometers from the epicenter of the blast wave beat out glasses. As reported, Prime Minister of Lebanon Hassan Diyab on the meeting of the Supreme defense Council, the cause of the explosion was improper storage in the port for six years 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate.

The government of Lebanon announced three days of mourning for the victims of the tragedy.