The Lebanese health minister has put the figure of casualties to more than 50 and 2,500 persons injured.
Hamad Hasan just announced the updated toll in televised remarks.
Lebanon’s prime minister, Hassan Diab, has just addressed the country on television. He declared Wednesday a national day of mourning for the victims of the explosion.
The warehouse that authorities claim was the source of the blast had been the subject of warnings going back to 2014, he said.
He would “reveal facts” about the warehouse soon, he said but does not want to pre-empt an investigation.
“I promise you this catastrophe will not pass without accountability. The people who are responsible will pay a price,” Diab said