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Rescuers sift Beirut rubble amid signs of life a month after blast

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Rescuers sift Beirut rubble amid signs of life a month after blast
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Rescue workers in Beirut dug through rubble and probed a collapsed building with sensors on Friday after signs of life were detected under a mound of debris one month after a huge explosion shattered the capital.

Workers pulled up chunks of concrete and masonry as they dug down in the residential district of Gemmayze after rescuers said on Thursday they had detected signs of a pulse and breathing, a Reuters witness said.
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The Aug. 4 explosion at the nearby port was caused by massive amounts of badly stored ammonium nitrate. It killed about 190 people and injured 6,000, adding to the woes of a nation already crippled by economic crisis.

A crane lifted steel girders and other heavy debris carefully from the ruins of the building. Workers pushed sensors into gaps, trying to find if someone was still alive.

Residents gathered nearby, hoping someone could be found, while some said the government had not done enough to locate survivors.

"The government has been completely complacent, has been completely absent," said Stephanie Bou Chedid, a volunteer from a group helping victims of the blast. She said her group had hired the crane to help with the rescue work.

Near the site, Mohamed Khoury, 65, said he hoped someone was found alive but even if only bodies were uncovered, "it's important their families can find peace."

The explosion ripped through a swathe of the capital, smashing up districts such as Gemmayze, home to many old, traditional buildings, some of which crumbled in the shockwave.

Rescuers, including volunteers from Chile, used scanning equipment to create 3D images of the wreckage to try to locate where someone could have survived, local television images showed. One technician told a television channel that the equipment had not yet located a body.

The building being searched once housed a bar on its ground floor.

Lebanon's army called for one minute's silence at 6.07 p.m. (1507 GMT) on Friday to mark a month since the blast. 
 
 
 
REUTERS
 
 
 
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