A man who was thrown into the sea by the huge explosion in Beirut has been found alive 30 hours after the blast.

The chemical explosion which left hundreds missing and killed around 157 has shocked the world.

An Instagram page dedicated to finding missing victims has been set up in a bid to locate families.

Amin al-Zahed who was caught in the blast - thought to have been caused by an enormous supply of ammonium nitrate - was found in the Mediterranean sea near the capital of Lebanon.

He was pictured bloodied and battered being helped by a rescue worker on an Instagram post, where pictures of missing residents are uploaded.

Amin al-Zahed was found in the sea after 30 hours

The image shows them on the deck of a ship and Al-Arabiya reported he was rushed to Rafic Hariri University Hospital in Beirut.

However, al-Zahed's family spoke on Lebanese TV yesterday, saying they had checked the hospital but have been unable to find him.

It is a mystery as to how he survived his ordeal and his current condition is unknown.

The Instagram page was set up to try to help locate missing persons in the aftermath of the blast, which took place on Tuesday August 4, and has killed at least 157 people.

The page shows hundreds of people whose families are desperately seeking information as to where they are.

Rescue workers were seen helping wounded victims of the Beirut blast

One of these, a little girl, was found alive in the rubble 24 hours after the explosion, which saw thousands left homeless when 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate detonated at the city's port.

A remarkable video which has emerged shows the moment a small child was rescued from the wreckage.

Her head and arms can be seen poking out from under debris as rescuers move rubble away from her body.

Little whimpering noises can be heard from the child as she is helped in the emotional footage.

Up to 300,000 people have been made homeless by the Beirut blast, the governor says

Local media reports that the girl spent 24 hours buried in the wreckage of a collapsed building.

Lebanon has declared three days of mourning as the search for victims continues and more than 250,000 people are homeless or displaced.

Many homes have been destroyed, turning people's lives upside down.

Relatives gathered at a cordon to Beirut port seeking information on those still missing as the search continued.

The huge explosion is thought to have been caused by an enormous supply of ammonium nitrate

Dozens are still unaccounted for.

A man was today pulled alive from the rubble of an apartment building.

Cheers of 'Issam is alive!' could be heard as the bloodied man was placed on a stretcher and taken to hospital.

Many of those killed were port and custom employees, people working in the area or those driving nearby during the Tuesday evening rush hour.

Meanwhile, a hero nurse was hailed for saving three newborn babies.

The nurse was seen cradling the infants in her arms while she was on the phone in a reception area "surrounded by dozens of bodies and wounded" amid scenes of devastation across the city.