A winter storm packing heavy rain and snow on Tuesday turned streets in Lebanon into rivers of water and mud and paralyzed parts of the country. Storm Norma hit Lebanon with heavy rains, snowfall and freezing temperatures and damaged several Syrian refugee camps in the country. Thousands are in need of emergency assistance.
Here in Beirut:
Among those affected were tens of thousands of Syrian refugees, many of whom live in tent settlements.
In the eastern Bekaa Valley, many Syrian refugees stayed indoors next to diesel or wood heaters as snow covered their flimsy tents.
OMG! Impressive images!
Some of the worst affected areas were the refugee camps in Arsal, a mountainous area in North Lebanon, leaving many in need of emergency assistance. Hundreds of refugee camps and settlements in the area from the Akkar Plain to Bekaa Valley have been devastated by the storm.
At least 66 camps were heavily impacted by the flooding, 15 of which have been completely flooded or collapsed. The Lebanese Red Cross has rescued more than 500 people from Akkar’s Semmaqieh refugee settlement after their tents filled with flood water.
#Urgent appeal to provide emergency aid for the #Syrian internally displaced people, in Northern #Syria, where the latest winter storm and rain flooded camps and forecast for snow storms ahead @Refugees @UNCoISyria @antonioguterres @USEmbassySyria @UKSyriaRep @francediplo_AR pic.twitter.com/QVA6w6sKxM— Hadi Albahra (@hadialbahra) December 28, 2018
Authorities closed the highway linking Beirut with the Syrian capital Damascus after parts of it that cut through high mountains became covered with snow.
In the coastal town of Dbayeh, just north of Beirut, part of the highway was closed after it was filled with water. Rescuers later used small boats to help people stranded in their cars.
Most schools were closed Tuesday and the Lebanese education minister called for school to be closed even on the coast for a second day Wednesday.
The storm dubbed “Norma” began Saturday and is expected to reach its peak Tuesday night.
It seems weather manipulation can be used against refugees…