Lebanon News

Disaster management network to be formed in south Lebanon

A resident of east Sidon checks up on her neighbors Sunday, after a tremor hit the area overnight causing limited damage to the buildings. (The Daily Star/ Mohammed Zaatari)

BEIRUT: MP Bahia Hariri Thursday headed a meeting with government agencies and civil society representatives, to discuss founding a network to raise awareness and cope with natural disasters.

The meeting was held to discuss establishing a network that would join governmental and non-governmental agencies, relief organizations, civil society groups, actors in the education sector and experts on natural disasters.

Hariri stressed that “it is important that all the actors complement [their efforts] in order to reduce the repercussions of any natural phenomena like the tremor we have recently witnessed.”

The meeting, held in the southern town of Majdalyoun, was attended by high-ranking officials and experts.

Among them was south Lebanon's governor, Mansour Daou, who announced that a meeting would be held in the governorate’s office at Sidon’s governmental Serail next Thursday “to proceed with practical steps, especially about raising awareness and the dealing with sudden tremors.”

Lebanon experienced a series of tremors over the past weekend that prompted warnings by experts that the country remains unprepared for a future, major earthquake.

Many residents of the southern city of Sidon evacuated their homes Saturday night, heading to the coasts and open areas in light of the tremors.

The shake destroyed the glass facades of many buildings in east Sidon, which instigated panic among locals.





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