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Association warns of building collapse due to winter storm
Motorists drive through flooded streets after heavy rain in Jounieh, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
Motorists drive through flooded streets after heavy rain in Jounieh, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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BEIRUT: The Landlords Association warned Monday of old buildings collapsing as a result of the rough winter storm expected to hit Lebanon this week.

“The information we have been collecting on a daily basis indicates that there are several buildings at risk of collapsing, raising fears of possible partial collapses to old buildings in some cities and villages,” the association said in a statement.

“We urge municipalities, particularly those of Beirut, Tripoli, and Sidon, to be remain cautious of a tragedy similar to that of the Fassouh building collapse as a result of the rough winter storms expected to hit Lebanon, primarily ‘Alexa,’” it added.

The statement is referring to an incident in January of last year when a building in Fassouh, a neighborhood in Beirut, crashed to the ground, killing 27 people and injuring around 10 others.

The winter’s first snowstorm, named “Alexa,” will be accompanied by intense cold and snowfall at medium altitudes in the north, between 1,000-1,500 meters, in addition to heavy rainfall.

The association held the municipalities and concerned ministries responsible for taking necessary measures to prevent the recurrence of such collapses and to protect the residents of old buildings.

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