UTICA, N.Y. - The Utica Lebanese community is feeling shock and sadness after the massive explosion in Beirut.
“Its horrible, it's really horrible what happened in Beirut," Albert Zeina, the owner of Zeina's Cafe on Varick Street in Utica said. "It’s very, very scary.”
Zeina has family that live in Lebanon and work in Beirut where the explosion happened.
Zeina says one of his family members, his cousin George, didn't survive the blast.
"One died, he was hurt then he bled to death and died because nobody can get to them.” Zeina said.
Other family members did survive.
"They were in the building and they left 10 minutes before the explosion," Zeina said. “It’s unbelievable.”
He says he is keeping in touch with his family as much as possible, but still haven't heard from some.
“We’re still trying to stay in touch with them to see is anybody else was there and didn’t make it out," Zeina said. “They’re still digging to see who's dead, who's not dead.”
He says with little resources in such a small country, they need help now.
“The hospital cannot hold that many people all at the same time," Zeina said. "God knows they need help from all over, they really need help.”