Shock discovery under Beirut rubble
Rescue teams in Beirut have detected what they believe may be a human heartbeat under a destroyed building, a month after the deadly explosion.
At least 190 people died last month when 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate in a port warehouse caused an explosion, turning much of the city into rubble.
Two bodies seen in thermal imaging. 1 small curled up body and a larger one. The smaller body showed signs of life, registering 18 breaths/minute. Chances of his survival are 'very small' said an NGO worker involved in the rescue. Chilean rescuers came here on their own dime— Tamara Qiblawi (@tamaraqiblawi) September 3, 2020
Hopes were raised that there may be another survivor under the rubble after a sniffer dog detected something under a collapsed building that had already been searched.
Special audio equipment used by Chilean rescuers then picked up a possible heartbeat of 18 to 19 beats per minute.
Thermal imaging taken under the wreckage has shown two bodies, a larger one and a smaller one.
One of the rescuers, Edward Bitar, told reporters at the scene that the possible heartbeat could belong to "a small child or a small person".
"These (signs) along with the temperature sensor means there is a possibility of life."
Rescuers had been carefully digging through the wreckage but were forced to stop for the night after the building became unstable.
Originally published as Shock discovery under Beirut rubble