UPDATE 1-Signs of life detected under rubble a month after Beirut blast, says rescuer

BEIRUT, Sept 3- Lebanese rescue workers detected signs of life on Thursday in the rubble of a building in a residential area of Beirut that had collapsed after a huge Aug. 4 explosion at the nearby port, a rescue worker said. He was speaking after the state news agency reported a team with a rescue dog had detected movement under a destroyed building in the Gemmayze…

BEIRUT, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Lebanese rescue workers detected

signs of life on Thursday in the rubble of a building in a

residential area of Beirut that had collapsed after a huge Aug.

4 explosion at the nearby port, a rescue worker said.

He was speaking after the state news agency reported a teamwith a rescue dog had detected movement under a destroyedbuilding in the Gemmayze area of Beirut, one of the worst hit bythe blast.

“These (signs of breathing and pulse) along with thetemperature sensor means there is a possibility of life,” rescueworker Eddy Bitar told reporters at the scene.

Rescue workers in bright jackets clambered over the buildingthat had collapsed in the blast, which killed about 190 peopleand injured 6,000 others.

The rescue team were setting up flood lights at the site asthe sun set. One rescue worker carried a rescue dog onto themound of smashed masonry.

Bitar said a civil defence unit had been called in to helpwith extra equipment to conduct the search.

Local media said any search and rescue effort, if it becameclear that someone was still alive, was likely to take hours.

(Reporting by Beirut bureau; Writing by Edmund Blair; Editingby Alexandra Hudson)

ANA NEWS WIRE Disclaimer:
The African News Agency (ANA) is a news wire service and therefore subscribes to the highest standards of journalism as it relates to accuracy, fairness and impartiality.
ANA strives to provide accurate, well sourced and reliable information across Text, Images and Video. Where errors do appear, ANA will seek to correct these timeously and transparently.
The ANA platform also contains news and information from third party sources. ANA has sought to procure reliable content from trusted news sources but cannot be held responsible for the accuracy and opinions provided by such sources on the ANA platform or linked sites.
The content provided for on the ANA News Wire platform, both through the ANA news operation and via its third party sources, are for the sole use of authorised subscribers and partners. Unauthorised access to and usage of ANA content will be subject to legal steps. ANA reserves its rights in this regard.
ANA makes every effort to ensure that the website is up and running smoothly at all times, however ANA does not take responsibility for, and will not be held liable for times when the website is temporarily unavailable due to technical issues that are beyond our control.