We’re physically fine but we are definitely traumatized. This is unlike anything else and can hardly be described with words. The worst part was the uncertainty of what was happening. I live about 1.75 miles away from the explosion and before the second impact the ground was violently shaking for a solid 10 seconds. Everyone felt like their buildings are falling down. And then the shockwave burst all the windows and doors open. All you could see is blood and all you can hear is screams. The scene really felt like it was from a post-apocalyptic film.
Our people have been hit with so many heavy blows, we’re known for being resilient but this is too much for all of us. Just in a single year we’ve been through protests to overthrow the government, an economy crisis with prices of all products increasing uncontrollably due to our currency collapsing, a full-on pandemic with minimal planning by the government.
And now with this explosion of ammonium nitrate that the government knew existed and knew how dangerous it was. We all went out to donate blood not knowing we shouldn’t be inhaling the orange smoke because no one in the state cared to tell us. And to top things, hospitals that were accepting COVID cases and injuries from the explosion were collapsing themselves and all the patients had to be moved to other hospitals. We lack crisis management on the state scale and it showed yesterday.
We all woke up today and we’re wounded. Hundreds are dead, thousands are injured and so many properties are destroyed. With our current economy crisis, there is no funding to rebuild what’s been destroyed (the port included that the country relied on for most of its imports-based failure of an economy) we’re facing homelessness and shortages in food and fuel. We feel helpless as darker days come.
Sorry for the rambling and sorry if I didn’t make any sense.