Beirut explosion rescue team detects possible survivor under rubble: Reports

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One month after the Beirut explosion, a rescue dog has indicated there may be a possible survivor under the rubble, according to local media reports.

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“The rescue teams sense a movement under the rubble in the Mar Mikhael area and asked people to remain silent to determine the source of movement,” the National News Agency reported on Thursday.

As the Chilean team was walking through the Mar Mikhael-Gemmayze area on Wednesday, a sniffer dog sensed the presence of one or two people under the rubble.

“There could be survivors,” AFP quoted Beirut governor Marwan Abboud as saying, he also reportedly explained that scanners had detected a pulse. “We hope someone will make it out alive,” Abboud added.

“It is likely that there is a person [who] is still alive under the rubble,” Lebanon's MTV news reported in a tweet.

Michel al-Mur of the Beirut fire department also said a pulse was detected about two meters (six feet) below the rubble, according to AFP.

“One person, according to the (thermal) camera, still has a pulse,” AFP quoted Mur as saying.

No further details have been provided as the rescue teams continued their search.

The explosion at Beirut’s port left 191 people dead and wounded at least 6,500, according to AFP. There are seven people who remain missing, AFP reported citing the Lebanese army.

- With AFP
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