Thoughts with Lebanese community after Beirut explosion

Bayside Mayor Joe Awada extended his heartfelt condolences to the families in Lebanon who lost loved ones in a massive explosion this week killing at least 78 people and injuring many more.

At least 78 people have been killed and 4,000 injured following two huge explosions that shook the city on Tuesday, local time.

The blast occurred when an estimated 2570 ton of ammonium nitrate were ignited in a warehouse.

The blast could be heard up to 80km away.

The federal electorate of Barton is home to one of the largest Lebanese communities in Australia.

"On behalf of the Bayside Community I send our condolences to the Lebanese people. We pray for the victims and families caught up in this tragic accident and hope the many injured have a speedy recovery," Mayor Joe Awada said

Mayor Awada said he was relieved to learn that the staff at the Australian Embassy were safe with some staff suffering only minor injuries.

"In a world already under pressure with COVID, tradgies such as this increase the burden on Doctors, Nurse and Health workers. They are also in our thoughts."

Federal Member of Barton, Linda Burney is said her thoughts are with the Lebanese community in the wake of the tragic explosion in Beirut.

"No doubt, there will be many members of our community who will be anxious and concerned about family and friends in the Lebanese capital at this time," Ms Burney said.

For urgent consular assistance, people should contact the Department of Foreign Affairs Emergency Hotline on 1300 555 135 (from within Australia) or +61 2 6261 3305 (outside Australia).