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Kheir visits Sidon landslide site

Higher Relief Committee head Mohammad Kheir, April 2, 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

SIDON, Lebanon: Higher Relief Committee head Mohammad Kheir Tuesday toured Sidon’s Haret Saida Monday night, after a landslide in the area cut off the road to nearby residential buildings that housed dozens of families.

Heavy rainfall caused the landslide Sunday, when a supporting wall collapsed and cut off a road, isolating at least 10 residential buildings. The same road had been cut off earlier this year after a similar landslide incident.

“We are going to exert all our efforts to cooperate with the municipality and official administrations,” Kheir said. He added that Prime Minister Saad Hariri asked for an inspection of the site to determine the best solution.

Kheir, however, said that building houses near support walls was a mistake and put people at danger.

“This kind of construction shouldn’t be allowed in order to prevent any problems in the future,” he said. “We’ll carry out a study to determine how to rebuild the walls, and we hope we can secure the necessary funding.”

Ahmad Jbeili, head of the public works committee at Haret Saida Municipality, thanked Kheir for visiting and following up on the situation.

“We appeal to all officials, with Hariri at the forefront, to take care of this issue because the situation is bad,” Jbeili told reporters, adding that “as a municipality, we don’t have the ability to address the situation.”

 

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