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The Beirut explosion: drone mapping for recovery

The Beirut explosion was a human and economic tragedy. The slow recovery process started with assessing the damage.

On August 4th, 2020, Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, was shaken by a huge explosion. 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate in storage at the Beirut port ignited, blowing up with a shock wave that heavily damaged buildings within a 5km radius (3 miles) and devastated the city. 220 people lost their lives, 5,000 more were injured, and around 300,000 inhabitants of the city were left homeless. In a period where Lebanon was already facing a refugee crisis, economic pressure, and Covid-19, the explosion was a disaster that left the world, let alone Lebanon, horrified.

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