Edition:
United Kingdom
Pictures | Wed Aug 19, 2020 | 8:17pm BST

Beirut's devastated cityscape in aftermath of blast

A man walks past destroyed traditional Lebanese houses, following a massive explosion at the port area of Beirut, Lebanon, August 14, 2020.   As the residents of Beirut try to pick up their lives after an explosion that shook the country to its core, they are doing so with their surroundings utterly transformed.    REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A man walks past destroyed traditional Lebanese houses, following a massive explosion at the port area of Beirut, Lebanon, August 14, 2020. As the residents of Beirut try to pick up their lives after an explosion that shook the country to its core,...more

A man walks past destroyed traditional Lebanese houses, following a massive explosion at the port area of Beirut, Lebanon, August 14, 2020. As the residents of Beirut try to pick up their lives after an explosion that shook the country to its core, they are doing so with their surroundings utterly transformed. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Close
1 / 49
The damaged Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters are seen in the aftermath of an explosion at the port area in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

The damaged Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters are seen in the aftermath of an explosion at the port area in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

The damaged Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters are seen in the aftermath of an explosion at the port area in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Close
2 / 49
People take photos of a damaged traditional Lebanese house, following a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

People take photos of a damaged traditional Lebanese house, following a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

People take photos of a damaged traditional Lebanese house, following a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Close
3 / 49
A damaged building is seen in the aftermath of an explosion at the port area in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A damaged building is seen in the aftermath of an explosion at the port area in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A damaged building is seen in the aftermath of an explosion at the port area in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Close
4 / 49
A view of a damaged traditional Lebanese house, following a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A view of a damaged traditional Lebanese house, following a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A view of a damaged traditional Lebanese house, following a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Close
5 / 49
People on a scooter drive-by damaged traditional Lebanese house, following a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

People on a scooter drive-by damaged traditional Lebanese house, following a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

People on a scooter drive-by damaged traditional Lebanese house, following a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Close
6 / 49
People walk past destroyed traditional Lebanese houses, following a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

People walk past destroyed traditional Lebanese houses, following a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

People walk past destroyed traditional Lebanese houses, following a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Close
7 / 49
A damaged port area is seen in the aftermath of a massive explosion, in Beirut, Lebanon August 17. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A damaged port area is seen in the aftermath of a massive explosion, in Beirut, Lebanon August 17. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A damaged port area is seen in the aftermath of a massive explosion, in Beirut, Lebanon August 17. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Close
8 / 49
A boy fixes a damaged window, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A boy fixes a damaged window, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A boy fixes a damaged window, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Close
9 / 49
A general view shows the damaged port area in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A general view shows the damaged port area in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A general view shows the damaged port area in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Close
10 / 49
An employee cleans an office area inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

An employee cleans an office area inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

An employee cleans an office area inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Close
11 / 49
Jean Gharzo sits next to the window of his damaged apartment, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Jean Gharzo sits next to the window of his damaged apartment, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Jean Gharzo sits next to the window of his damaged apartment, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Close
12 / 49
Volunteers prepare to clear the area around Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Volunteers prepare to clear the area around Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Volunteers prepare to clear the area around Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Close
13 / 49
Youth push carts, in the aftermath of a massive explosion, in Beirut's damaged port area, Lebanon August 17. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Youth push carts, in the aftermath of a massive explosion, in Beirut's damaged port area, Lebanon August 17. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Youth push carts, in the aftermath of a massive explosion, in Beirut's damaged port area, Lebanon August 17. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Close
14 / 49
A view shows damaged buildings in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal

A view shows damaged buildings in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal

A view shows damaged buildings in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal
Close
15 / 49
People work inside a damaged building, in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon August 17. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

People work inside a damaged building, in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon August 17. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

People work inside a damaged building, in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon August 17. REUTERS/Aziz Taher
Close
16 / 49
A general view shows the damaged port area in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A general view shows the damaged port area in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A general view shows the damaged port area in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Close
17 / 49
Workers take a break inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Workers take a break inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Workers take a break inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Close
18 / 49
An employee makes his way among debris inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

An employee makes his way among debris inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

An employee makes his way among debris inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Close
19 / 49
A man eats in front of a house destroyed by the blast in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A man eats in front of a house destroyed by the blast in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A man eats in front of a house destroyed by the blast in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
Close
20 / 49
Debris is seen inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Debris is seen inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Debris is seen inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Close
21 / 49
A woman walks in front of a house where, according to witnesses, four people were killed by the blast in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A woman walks in front of a house where, according to witnesses, four people were killed by the blast in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A woman walks in front of a house where, according to witnesses, four people were killed by the blast in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
Close
22 / 49
Damaged buildings in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut's port area, Lebanon, August 13.
 REUTERS/Bader Helal

Damaged buildings in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut's port area, Lebanon, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal

Damaged buildings in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut's port area, Lebanon, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal
Close
23 / 49
A general view shows damages following the blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 8.  

REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A general view shows damages following the blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 8. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A general view shows damages following the blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 8. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Close
24 / 49
A view shows damage to a building and cars in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, August 12. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A view shows damage to a building and cars in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, August 12. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A view shows damage to a building and cars in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, August 12. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Close
25 / 49
Damaged cars are seen at Beirut's port area, August 7.  
 REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Damaged cars are seen at Beirut's port area, August 7. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Damaged cars are seen at Beirut's port area, August 7. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
Close
26 / 49
Debris are seen in the port area in Beirut, August 10.  The blast, the biggest ever to hit Beirut, injured more than 6,000 people and left an estimated 300,000 Lebanese effectively homeless as shockwaves ripped miles inland.   
 REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Debris are seen in the port area in Beirut, August 10. The blast, the biggest ever to hit Beirut, injured more than 6,000 people and left an estimated 300,000 Lebanese effectively homeless as shockwaves ripped miles inland. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Debris are seen in the port area in Beirut, August 10. The blast, the biggest ever to hit Beirut, injured more than 6,000 people and left an estimated 300,000 Lebanese effectively homeless as shockwaves ripped miles inland. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Close
27 / 49
A damaged building in Beirut's port area, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal

A damaged building in Beirut's port area, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal

A damaged building in Beirut's port area, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal
Close
28 / 49
Cars drive past damaged buildings in Beirut's port area, August 13.   

REUTERS/Bader Helal  

Cars drive past damaged buildings in Beirut's port area, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal  

Cars drive past damaged buildings in Beirut's port area, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal  
Close
29 / 49
A man is seen on the balcony of a destroyed building in Beirut, August 12. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A man is seen on the balcony of a destroyed building in Beirut, August 12. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A man is seen on the balcony of a destroyed building in Beirut, August 12. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Close
30 / 49
A woman walks past a damaged area in Beirut, August 11. A walk through Beirut's central neighborhoods revealed mangled buildings and heaps of debris sometimes piled so high that they blocked the narrow streets, hampering cleanup operations.  REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

A woman walks past a damaged area in Beirut, August 11. A walk through Beirut's central neighborhoods revealed mangled buildings and heaps of debris sometimes piled so high that they blocked the narrow streets, hampering cleanup operations. ...more

A woman walks past a damaged area in Beirut, August 11. A walk through Beirut's central neighborhoods revealed mangled buildings and heaps of debris sometimes piled so high that they blocked the narrow streets, hampering cleanup operations. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
Close
31 / 49
People inspect a damaged building near the site of Beirut's port area, August 8. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

People inspect a damaged building near the site of Beirut's port area, August 8. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

People inspect a damaged building near the site of Beirut's port area, August 8. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
Close
32 / 49
A view shows the damaged grain silo in Beirut's port area, August 8. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A view shows the damaged grain silo in Beirut's port area, August 8. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A view shows the damaged grain silo in Beirut's port area, August 8. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Close
33 / 49
A man at the site of the blast in Beirut's port area, August 8. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A man at the site of the blast in Beirut's port area, August 8. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A man at the site of the blast in Beirut's port area, August 8. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Close
34 / 49
A view shows damage to a petrol station at the port of Beirut, August 12.  
 REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A view shows damage to a petrol station at the port of Beirut, August 12. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A view shows damage to a petrol station at the port of Beirut, August 12. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Close
35 / 49
A damaged car and rubble at the site of the blast, August 7.  REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

A damaged car and rubble at the site of the blast, August 7. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

A damaged car and rubble at the site of the blast, August 7. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
Close
36 / 49
A damaged building in Beirut's port area, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal

A damaged building in Beirut's port area, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal

A damaged building in Beirut's port area, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal
Close
37 / 49
A man walks past a damaged area in Beirut, August 11.  
 REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

A man walks past a damaged area in Beirut, August 11. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

A man walks past a damaged area in Beirut, August 11. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
Close
38 / 49
A general view shows damage in Beirut's port area, August 8.   REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A general view shows damage in Beirut's port area, August 8. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A general view shows damage in Beirut's port area, August 8. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Close
39 / 49
A views shows damaged roof tiles in Beirut's port area, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal  

A views shows damaged roof tiles in Beirut's port area, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal  

A views shows damaged roof tiles in Beirut's port area, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal  
Close
40 / 49
Rubble is seen at Beirut's port area, August 7. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Rubble is seen at Beirut's port area, August 7. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Rubble is seen at Beirut's port area, August 7. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
Close
41 / 49
A view shows damage to buildings and cars, August 12.  
 REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A view shows damage to buildings and cars, August 12. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A view shows damage to buildings and cars, August 12. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Close
42 / 49
A view shows the damaged facade of a building near the site of the blast, August 7. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A view shows the damaged facade of a building near the site of the blast, August 7. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A view shows the damaged facade of a building near the site of the blast, August 7. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Close
43 / 49
A view of graffiti at the damaged port area, August 11.  
 REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A view of graffiti at the damaged port area, August 11. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A view of graffiti at the damaged port area, August 11. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Close
44 / 49
A general view shows damage along a street, August 4.  
 REUTERS/Ayat Basma

A general view shows damage along a street, August 4. REUTERS/Ayat Basma

A general view shows damage along a street, August 4. REUTERS/Ayat Basma
Close
45 / 49
Rubble near the damaged grain silo at the site of the blast, August 7. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Rubble near the damaged grain silo at the site of the blast, August 7. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Rubble near the damaged grain silo at the site of the blast, August 7. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
Close
46 / 49
Jean Gharzo sits next to the window of his damaged apartment, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Jean Gharzo sits next to the window of his damaged apartment, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Jean Gharzo sits next to the window of his damaged apartment, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Close
47 / 49
A view shows the damage at the site of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

A view shows the damage at the site of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

A view shows the damage at the site of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Aziz Taher
Close
48 / 49
An employee stands among debris inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

An employee stands among debris inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

An employee stands among debris inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Close
49 / 49

Next Slideshows

Inside fashion designer Elie Saab's gutted Beirut home

The home of Lebanese designer Elie Saab was gutted by the massive explosion that shook Beirut.

18 Aug 2020

Biggest Thai protest in years puts pressure on government

Demonstrations that began on university campuses have taken place almost daily since mid-July in an increasing challenge to the ruling establishment in the...

18 Aug 2020

Our world re-engineered for social distancing

From urban planning to office spaces, how our world is adapting to the coronavirus outbreak.

18 Aug 2020

Mexico's women protest gender violence

Women demand justice for victims of gender violence and femicides in Mexico City as the number of women and children seeking help for victims in Mexico has...

18 Aug 2020

MORE IN PICTURES

Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose at Supreme Court

Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose at Supreme Court

Mourners quietly filed past the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's flag-draped coffin outside the white marble court building as the United States began three days of tributes to the liberal icon.

Life and death in COVID units around the world

Life and death in COVID units around the world

Inside hospital wards around the world where medical staff are treating the most severe cases of coronavirus.

Thousands protest after Belarusian leader hastily sworn in

Thousands protest after Belarusian leader hastily sworn in

Belarusian security forces detained protesters and fired water cannon to disperse crowds as thousands took to the streets of Minsk against the abrupt inauguration of veteran President Alexander Lukashenko.

Kenya's Maasai gather for ceremony to turn warriors into elders

Kenya's Maasai gather for ceremony to turn warriors into elders

Around 15,000 men congregated to feast on an estimated 3,000 bulls and 30,000 goats and sheep, in a once-in-a-decade ceremony that transforms them from Moran (warriors) to Mzee (elders).

Top Photos of the Day

Top Photos of the Day

Our top photos from the last 24 hours.

Fires leave apocalyptic scenes in Oregon

Fires leave apocalyptic scenes in Oregon

Apocalyptic scenes of charred neighborhoods in southern Oregon after a blitz of deadly wildfires.

COVID sites in New York City before and after wave of virus cases

COVID sites in New York City before and after wave of virus cases

Scenes around New York City before and after the wave of coronavirus cases.

Essential workers in the nation's capital share their coronavirus anxieties

Essential workers in the nation's capital share their coronavirus anxieties

Healthcare professionals, grocery store clerks, truck drivers, cleaners and postal workers in the Washington area share their thoughts on working in a pandemic.

Moria camp migrants pour into temporary shelters

Moria camp migrants pour into temporary shelters

Thousands of asylum seekers have moved into a new temporary facility on the Greek island of Lesbos after a fire razed the country's biggest migrant camp.

Trending Collections

Pictures

Podcast