My hometown in the Batroun district woke up today to find its municipality building and public library completely flooded because of the overnight rain of the recent blizzard that’s been named “Bride” storm.
The location of the municipality building is over a hole which was known to my town’s older generation for its water retention abilities. But it has since been fixed – or at least that’s what people thought:
MTV and other news services showed up to film this. It has also been mentioned on the Lebanese Forces website as an exclusive. So expect this to be part of the 23 minute report on tonight’s news bulletins about today’s storm.
My hometown’s public library which was donated by the late Lebanese University professor Youssef Farhat is also entirely ruined. This is the room you see completely covered by water in the above pictures.
This is not a testament of Lebanon’s lack of decent infrastructure which everyone has been parading around today (not that our infrastructure is in top shape). If anything, this is a testament to the amount of rain we’ve had overnight. This is the first time in more than 20 years that this happens.
Lebanon gets hit by a modest-strength storm… we get damages equivalent to those of a US hurricane. We just have stellar infrastructure.
Where do we begin?
- Highways that are not even flat so water gathers on their sides, causing your car to buckle out of nowhere because we don’t even have highway lighting to see the puddles everywhere.
- Water that gets cut even during storms… because of shortages in water.
- Internet that turns drastically slow according to the following equation: internet = 1/rain. Add in a constant for recuperation in the days that follow and the formula becomes: internet = C/rain.
- Water drain that do anything but drain water. They might as well be a good place for future vegetative growth with all the compost they contain.
- Airports that turn to swamps. Airplanes that land here are so futuristic they can even float.
- Road walls collapse.
- Entire roads collapse.
- Buildings crumble because of the water seeping in.
- Traffic that pops out of nowhere the moment it rains.
- Potholes that get uncovered because their filling of stones and secondhand asphalt got swept away with the rain.
And this is barely the tip of the iceberg. I wonder if the country were to ever be hit by a storm slightly stronger than your Lebanese average, what would happen? My predication is that scientists would start flocking in for a live reproduction of a Noah scenario. We are that unique.
Here are a few pictures of the first major storm in this winter season. Absolutely breathtaking.
Pictures from this Facebook page.
Just spend a rainy day in and you know this is the only thing people talk about – until the storm blows through. Then another one comes and the talk starts again.
Who needs meteorologists when you have Lebanese friends?