Fire broke out on Monday (11/10) in a gas tank at the oil plant in Zahrani in the south Lebanon, causing dense smoke to rise into the air as firefighters try to bring it under control.
At the same time, according to the APE-MPE, the Lebanese army is trying to protect the neighboring tanks in order not to spread the fire and evacuate the area as there are fears that it could cause an explosion, said a security source.
The same source added that the area is sparsely populated, while at the moment there is no information on injuries.
In addition, traffic is diverted away from facilities in Zahrani, located on the shores of the Mediterranean and home to one of Lebanon’s main power plants.
Black out on Saturday
The blaze is the latest disaster to hit Lebanon, where fuel shortages amid a deep economic crisis have forced two major power plants, one in Zahrani and one in Deir Amar, to close on Saturday, causing a blackout in the country. .
Electricity was restored on Sunday after the Lebanese army distributed 6,000kg of petrol to the two power stations.
Lebanon is mired in an unprecedented crisis, which the World Bank has described as one of the deepest recessions in modern history. Three-quarters of the country’s population lives in poverty and its currency has lost 90% of its value in the last two years.
Lebanese are increasingly forced to rely on generators to get electricity, as the holidays reach up to 22 hours a day.
Saturday’s blackout was the second in the country since early October.