Rescuer’s hopes dashed when there was no sign of life in a rubble building destroyed last month’s during a massive explosion in Lebanon capital Beirut, killing nearly 200 and hurt over 6000 people.

A sensor machine on Thursday had detected a possible sign of life. After clearing 95% of the rubble, the team couldn’t find the source of the signal.

The search and rescue operation, including 50 volunteers and a team from Chile, were left devastated after weeks of investigation for survivors of the blast by 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate that killed 190 people.

Last Wednesday, during the night the Chilean team’s sniffer dog gave a sign, indicating possible life survived in the rubble.

On Thursday, the rescue K-9 gave hope of life, as well as a specific sensor detected a pulsing signal in the area.

Francisco Lermanda, head of the Chilean rescue team, said there are no signs of life detected technically, and the detected signs on the site were the breaths of volunteers working inside the building.

The rescuers in the area have changed their tasks from looking for survivors to clearing rubble and look for the remaining bodies.


  • Mohammad Haroon Alim holds a BBA degree from Kardan University. He works as a sub-editor for Khaama Press.