BEIRUT: Heavy rains flooded Lebanon's roads Thursday, stranding drivers and flooding houses in familiar scenes cause by chronic mismanagement and bad maintenance of roads and highways.
TV footage showed cars stalling in some 50 cm deep water pools and flash floods on the highway south of Beirut and surrounding villages such as Naameh and Damour. The flooding caused vehicles to come to a standstill and lines several kms long on the highway linking south Lebanon to Beirut.
Residents phoned in to TV talkshows to express deep frustrations, blaming local authorities for their repeated failures and if what they said is anything to go by, the fiasco appears set to galvanize a 50-day nationwide protest movement demanding an end to corruption and a government of experts.
Weather forcasters predicted the rains to ease later Thursday and stop Friday afternoon.