Lebanon News

Imminent rain unlikely to end Lebanon drought

File- A woman crosses a street as heavy rain falls in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Heavy rains expected next week will not spell an end to the drought in Lebanon, the head of the Agricultural Research Institute said Thursday.

Michel Frem said heavy rains are predicted to start on March 9 and possibly last through March 15.

“These rains are good for the crops, but they are not enough to solve the drought problem in Lebanon,” Frem told The Daily Star, adding that so far, 161 mm of rainfall has been registered in Lebanon.

“There is insufficient rainwater," Frem said. "That’s why the water crisis will continue."

Meanwhile, the Farmers Union urged farmers, greenhouse growers and fishermen to make all necessary preparations.





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