File - Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk Wednesday put procedures in place to better combat and respond to fires, days after locals complained about the inefficient response to a fire in a Baabda village.On Monday, a huge fire engulfed swathes of forest area in Baabda, raging for hours and threatening residential neighborhoods nearby.The head of the Lebanese Environmentalist Movement, Paul Abi Rashed, estimated that the fire destroyed between 300,000 and 500,000 square meters of forest in Wadi Shahrur, including the Khandak al-Ruhban reserve.
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