Lebanon News

Heavy rain turns Sidon streets into small lakes

The streets were transformed into small lakes in the Sidon suburb of Ain al-Hilweh after the heavy rain of the last few days.

The rainfall caused water to seep into ground-floors of many homes and the strong howling winds forced fishermen to remain indoors.

In Shergeel, the road leading to the bridge was cut off for several hours until a bulldozer from Sidon’s municipality came to the rescue and opened the way.

In the poverty-stricken Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh, the downpour transformed streets into small mud-like ponds, prompting the UN Relief and Works Agency to shut some of its schools.

In Taamir Ain Hilweh, an adjacent neighbourhood, water filled the home of Wafiq Dimasi, destroying his bedroom and forcing him to send for help to move his wheelchair-bound sister from the house.

The floods forced people to come up with innovative ways to go about their business One man used a tyre for transportation and a pet shop owner temporarily freed his ducks providing them with a rare chance to roam in the water-filled streets.

In Nabatieh, the downpour flooded the ground floor of the local branch of the Egypt-Lebanon Bank. Gutters were congested near the town hall, flooding several houses in the vicinity and two trees uprooted in the storm blocked the main road in Rahbat district. Civil defence rescuers managed to clear the pipes and remove the trunks around noon.

Mudslides elsewhere in the south cut off two bridges, one linking the villages of Deir Zahrani and Habboush, and another connecting Qaqaiet al-Jisr with Froun.

Bulldozers were brought in to clear the rocks and were able to re-open both roads before nightfall.

 

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