The national flag flies from the roof of a branch of the Bank of Beirut as night falls on the city which is largely left in darkness. Residents are lucky to receive two hours of electricity per day from the national grid and must use private generators and bottled gas for the rest of their needs.
Following political collapse and the pandemic, the Lebanese economy plunged, wiping out 90% of people's savings and resulting in massive inflation. The ammonium nitrate explosion in August 2020 killed over 200 people and accelerated the country's economic collapse. The impact on the struggling healthcare system has been disastrous.