Middle East Desk
BEIRUT: Rescue workers dug through the rubble of a Beirut building for a second day on Friday, hoping to find someone alive more than a month after it was destroyed by a huge port explosion that shattered the Lebanese capital.
Rescuers said on Thursday that sensors had detected signs of a pulse and breathing under the debris of the building in the Gemmayze district. Mechanical diggers lifted chunks of concrete and masonry as workers used shovels and their hands to dig down. Gemmayze and the neighbouring Mar Mikhael district were among the areas hardest hit by the Aug. 4 explosion at the nearby port, which was caused by massive amounts of badly stored ammonium nitrate.
The blast killed about 190 people and injured 6,000, in a nation already crippled by economic crisis.