Lebanon News

12 injured as heavy rains beat down on Lebanon

BEIRUT: Heavy rain and flooding in Lebanon caused several vehicle collisions Thursday, with a total of 12 people injured since the downpour started early in the morning.

Most of the accidents were due to wet roads, which affected the capital of Beirut and the rest of Lebanon.

Security sources said six school children were left with minor to moderate injuries when their bus collided head-on with a car along the Janata-Deir Qanoun al-Nahr road in the southern city of Tyre.

They said the students aged between 8 and 12 were heading to Al-Mehdi school in Bint Jbeil.

The sources told The Daily Star four people were wounded when a van carrying cleaning agents overturned after skidding on the Msaileh road near the southern town of Nabatiyeh.

On the Mansourieh road in the Metn province, north of Beirut, a truck driver survived after his lorry crashed into a utility pole.

Many roads in and around Beirut were flooded, causing traffic jams.

The coastal roads north and south of Lebanon were also flooded as huge waves crashed onto the highways.

Residents near the eastern city of Baalbek and in the northern Akkar region were warned to stay away from rivers due to heavy rains.

In northern Bekaa, the main road to the town of Al-Qaa was turned into a murky river, leading to its closure.

The state-run National News Agency said the flooding in Al-Qaa also caused damage to crops and irrigation systems.

The Beirut weather department said the rainfall is the result of low pressure over the Mediterranean, which is expected to last until Friday afternoon.

Friday will witness light rain with strong winds reaching 70 km/h, the department said, adding that the weather will return to partial clouds on Saturday.





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