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Up to 80,000 children homeless after Beirut explosion

As many as 80,000 children have been displaced in Lebanon after their homes were damaged in Tuesday’s massive explosion in Beirut, Unicef has said.

Rescue teams are still searching the rubble of Beirut’s port for bodies, nearly three days after the blast sent a wave of destruction around the city, killing at least 154 people and wounding thousands. Dozens are still missing with the number of injured standing at more than 5,000 yesterday. Some 300,000 people – more than 12% of Beirut’s population – are unable to return to their homes because of the explosion, which blew out doors and windows across the city and left many buildings uninhabitable. More than a quarter are believed to be children.

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