About fifty people from civil security will also make the trip to help the Lebanese after the deadly explosions.
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Staff and equipment will leave Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport on Wednesday midday, arriving in Lebanon at the end of the afternoon. A dozen emergency doctors must also reach Beirut as soon as possible, to strengthen the hospitals in the capital.
French elements of the UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) intervened from Tuesday evening in Beirut, specifies the Elysee.
Among the people sent there by France, there are teams specializing in disaster management. “We will work with the classic means used for earthquakes “, explains on Franceinfo Wednesday Michael Bernier, communication manager of the Directorate General of Civil Security and Crisis Management. A specialized team will also help the Lebanese authorities to make reconnaissance in the companies that may have been affected to see if there are no technical problems in their premises. “And then, the rest of the teams, specialized in what is called rescue and clearing, will work on the ground, in places set by the local authorities in order to search for victims”, he continues.
These teams will have to work in particularly difficult conditions. Normally, they find the wounded “to moans” and thanks to dogs, but following the explosion “people have lost their hearing” and “the burning smell which spreads everywhere” complicates the work of dogs says communication manager of the Directorate General of Civil Security and Crisis Management.
“The wounded, the deceased, that we have already found were on the surface, Michael Barnier continues. Now a long, drawn-out job will begin, but one that is a race against time, to go into the collapsed buildings in search of people who might be buried and still alive “. While a first provisional report speaks of more than 100 dead, the communication manager of the Directorate General of Civil Security says he fears “that we are still at a balance sheet which is below, and well below, that which will be the final balance “.