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FRIDAY, 18 APR 2014
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Lebanon judge orders probe into floods
Floods block the tunnel on the highway linking Beirut airport to Khalde, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.(The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
Floods block the tunnel on the highway linking Beirut airport to Khalde, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.(The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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BEIRUT: Lebanon moved Friday to address the anger after students were stranded inside their university and motorists stuck for hours in flooded roads due to heavy rains.

Financial Prosecutor Ali Ibrahim launched an investigation into the flooding, most notably at the Lebanese University in Hadath, south Beirut, and the airport road, which took the brunt of the heavy rain Wednesday.

A judicial source told The Daily Star that Ibrahim has requested the Transport and Public Works Ministry and the Finance Ministry to provide him with data as to whether the side responsible for cleaning sewage and water channels had done its work before the winter season.

Heavy rains had brought mud into the underpass of the vital airport highway, blocking it in both directions from Wednesday afternoon until Thursday morning.

Traffic was diverted off the highway down to the Ouzai road during the flooding, creating bumper-to-bumper crawls and leaving hundreds of commuters stranded for hours.

 
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