Possible survivor buried in rubble a month after Beirut explosion

Rescuers search in the rubble of a building that was collapsed in last month’s massive explosion, after getting signals there may be a survivor under the rubble, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Rescuers detected a pulse signal today (September 3) which could belong to a survivor of a massive port explosion in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut.

A sniffer dog belonging to a search and rescue team from Chile detected the pulse which sent the team scampering to the site on the Beirut street.

Hopes were raised after the dog of a Chilean search and rescue team touring Gemmayzeh street, one of the hardest-hit in Beirut, ran toward the collapsed building. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

While the origin of the pulse is not known, hope remains that it could be a survivor of the blast that killed 191 people, injured another 6,000 and damaged thousands of homes.

A civil defense worker said there is a 99 per cent chance there’s nothing but “even if there is less than one per cent hope, we should keep on looking.”

The Lebanese military discovered more than 4 tons of ammonium nitrate near Beirut’s port on Thursday, Sept. 3, a find that’s a chilling reminder of the horrific explosion. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

The August 4 explosion, caused by the ignition of almost 3,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, is one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions to ever be recorded.

The Lebanese military discovered more than four tonnes of ammonium nitrate near Beirut’s port today, a chilling reminder of the horrific explosion.