File - MP Mohammad Qabbani speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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A crisis committee was formed Wednesday to tackle the serious water shortage in Lebanon and discuss the creation of seven new wells across the country.If the drought carries on for two consecutive years, this could lead to a real "crisis," Qabbani said, adding that it was necessary to find both immediate and longer-term solutions.From December last year to the end of February this year, Lebanon only had 318 millimeters of precipitation, as opposed to last year's amount, which was 693 millimeters.Qabbani added that Lebanon witnessed a similar drought approximately 50 years ago, but added that the population was smaller then.In light of this, Director-General of the Beirut and Mount Lebanon Water Establishment Joseph Nseir announced the creation of seven new wells: two 300-meter-deep wells in Beit Mery, another two 250-meter wells in Qashqoush, a 500-meter well in Aley, a 450-meter well in Ain Dara and a 300-meter well in the Jamous-Hadath area.
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