Earlier this month, Nizar Mohammad and a group of around 50 others crammed into a smuggler’s boat near the El Mina harbour.
Residents are still trying to recover from the huge explosion that decimated large parts of the city last month.
Three hundred thousand people are struggling to access clean water and sanitation.
Rumours have spread easily, thanks to Lebanon's historical distrust of the government and longstanding regional conflicts.
Prime Minister Hassan Diab just announced his government's resignation, amid fury over Beirut explosion.
Citizens in Beirut are removing debris, rescuing trapped victims, and counting the corpses while they wait for a government response.
“I found my house completely destroyed. The windows and doors were all broken.”
'Hang Up the Nooses': Anger Grows in Lebanon Over Revelations Officials Ignored Chemical Stockpile Warnings
The Lebanese government is accused of failing to heed six warnings to act on the 2,750-ton stash of ammonium nitrate.
The explosion in Lebanon has reignited fears among residents of Newcastle, NSW, where a huge chemical plant sits within three kilometres of the CBD.
At least 100 people have been confirmed dead, and nearly 4,000 injured by blasts in the Lebanese capital yesterday.
“It's wildly irresponsible for a president to stand at the [White House] podium and spitball about an international incident like this," one former national security official said.
“It's not a nuke. Not even a small one.”