Beirut port silos that cushioned blast must come down, says experts

SourceThe National

A section of the grain silos that absorbed much of last year's Beirut port blast must be demolished to avoid collapse, experts warned in a report published on Monday. Swiss company Amann Engineering, which has offered laser scanning assistance to Lebanon since the cataclysmic August 4 explosion, called the most damaged of the disembowelled silos an "unstable, moving structure." "Our recommendation is to proceed with the deconstruction of this block," the company said in a report. "As it becomes more obvious the concrete piles have been heavily damaged … new silos will have to be built at a different location," it warned. more...