Cracks are visible in the ground in a field, due to drought, in Sidon. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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An erratic winter season has left farmers and fishermen in southern Lebanon high and dry, with agricultural workers struggling to maintain their crops amid an almost rainless January.Farmers have welcomed the sporadic bursts of rain over the last couple of days, and have voiced hope that February's weather will make up for January.The unusual weather, however, did not surprise the fishermen in the south of the country. Veterans told The Daily Star that they had previously experienced similar rain shortages, and said that in contrast to the country's farmers, the absence of storms and windy weather had allowed them to work more easily. According to Sanbal, fishermen do very well on days when there are no storms and the sea is calm, even if the weather is rainy.
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