In Lebanon, after a rainstorm, major flooding ensues all too often. It is a story that repeats itself every year: as soon as the rainy season starts in the country, assorted regions face devastating floods. Roads become impassable as they disappear under torrents of water and mud. The water sometimes even rushes into houses and vehicles. The damage is not only material. In November, a man died in Kesrouan, swept away by these floods.
Climate change can partially explain these floods, but their main cause is the decay of the drainage infrastructure throughout Lebanon.
Solutions do exist. Maintenance and renovation of this infrastructure could avoid a significant number of these chaotic, and sometimes tragic, episodes.
Why has nothing — or too little, too poorly — been done for decades?
We take stock in this new episode of our "Explainer" series. (You can activate the English subtitles)