The people of Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon, found themselves in a tragic event last Tuesday, August 4, when an enormous explosion in the Port of Beirut shook the nation.
The incident reportedly caused at least 135 deaths and wounded over 5,000 people, while leaving over 300,000 people homeless.
The cause of the explosion remains unclear, with Lebanon's prime minister launching an investigation that would focus on a heaping amount of explosive ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse.
Authorities have declared Beirut a "disaster city" and have thrusted the city into a state of emergency for two weeks.
People around the world have expressed their sadness and sympathies regarding the heartbreaking event, including some of our local celebrities.
"Please #PrayForLebanon … nalulungkot ako kasi kakamatay lang din ng lola kong Lebanese … malungkot pa 'yong family … tas eto ngayon ang nangyari," she wrote.
Yasmien added that she hopes her family and relatives and Beirut are safe and prays for the country, as a whole.
"This is a difficult time for all of us and the only powerful tool we have now are our prayers," she concluded her post.
Lotlot De Leon, whose husband Fadi El Soury hails from Lebanon, posted a photo of the city on her Facebook with the caption "Praying For Lebanon."
Television host and former volleyball player Gretchen Ho quote retweeted a video of the explosion on Twitter, while begging the year 2020 to stop with the series of bad incidents, which began with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Doing the same was actress Nikki Valdez, questioning 2020's continual sequence of unfortunate events.
And now Beirut.. Ano ba 2020? Tuloy tuloy lang?— NVG (@nikkivaldez_) August 5, 2020
Comedian-singer K Brosas urged her followers to offer prayers to the city of Beirut.
Uy.. mag offer tayo ng Prayer para sa Beirut 🙏— carmela brosas (@kbrosas) August 5, 2020
"Oh my goodness." wrote Kapuso news anchor Atom Araullo upon sharing a video of the explosion.
Beauty queen and actress Ruffa Gutierrez recalled her three-day experience in Beirut back in 2010, which she called the "hidden jewel of the Middle East."
"All my thoughts and prayers are with you right now, Lebanon." Gutierrez said.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people affected by the Beirut explosion and their families.