Pictures:Chaos and destruction in Beirut after blast

Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, is reeling from a huge blast, which has killed dozens, injured thousands and caused widespread destruction in the city.

There are reports that the blast could be felt hundreds of kilometres away in Cyprus.

Officials blame the blast on several thousand tonnes of ammonium nitrate, stored in a warehouse for six years.

It is not clear what caused the material to explode.

The whole city was shaken by the explosion
The blast has destroyed many homes and businesses
Buildings were left completely gutted by the explosion
The explosion comes as Lebanon struggles with an economic crisis and the pandemic
Hospitals are said to be overwhelmed
A man carries away an injured girl in Beirut
The streets were chaotic in the moments after the explosion

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