The death toll from a massive explosion in the capital Beirut on Tuesday had reached 78, Lebanon's health minister has told the Reuters news agency.
Health Minister Hamad Hassan told Reuters that nearly 4,000 people have also been injured.
“There are many people missing until now. People are asking the emergency department about their loved ones and it is difficult to search at night because there is no electricity. We are facing a real catastrophe and need time to assess the extent of damages," Hassan told Reuters.
The minister earlier said in televised remarks that more than 70 people had been killed.