Beirut Mayor Jamal Itani speaks on a mobile phone as bulldozers remove cement that had been poured underground in Ramlet al-Baida, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Officials traded blame over the weekend for a flood of sewage and rainwater in Beirut's Ramlet al-Baida last week that followed heavy rains, with Ghobeiry Municipality faulting Beirut Municipality and Governor Ziad Chebib. According to a statement late Saturday from Ghobeiry Municipality, the flooding occurred after Beirut Municipality blocked a sewage drain that dumped water into the sea on Ramlet al-Baida with concrete, "in service of private touristic projects," in an apparent reference to the controversial Eden Bay Resort. Ghobeiry Municipality said they had contacted the CDR and the Water Authority of Beirut and Mount Lebanon on Aug. 4, asking the water authority not to pump sewage through the municipality's systems because its infrastructure is insufficient to handle the amounts of sewage and flood water.
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