Lebanon News

Floods in the Bekaa Valley due to unseasonal rains

File-- Motorists drive in a flooded street in Baalbek, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)

BEIRUT: Several areas in the Bekaa Valley were flooded due to unseasonal heavy rains Wednesday, a phenomenon expected to happen again in the next two days, according to a source at the Meteorology Department of the Rafik Hariri International Airport.

Floods covered swathes of land in the village of Ras Baalbek and blocked roads in the village of al-Qaa.

Speaking to The Daily Star, the source said that the country would witness sporadic rain on Thursday and Friday.

He expected that the rainfall would become heavier in Bekaa Valley areas where floods could happen again.

The source expected temperatures to drop to 21 degrees Celsius on the coast and range between 12 to 18 degrees Celsius on the mountains and between 12 to 20 degrees Celsius in the Bekaa Valley.

Temperatures significantly dropped Tuesday, following days of warm winds and high temperatures.

Several people were injured when six vehicles crashed into each other in north Lebanon due to bad weather conditions.

The weather also caused high waves on Beirut’s Ain al-Mreisseh road, causing heavy congestion on the bustling seaside street. In the coastal city of Sidon, high waves forced many fishermen to return to the docks and remain indoors. – The Daily Star





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