A deadly rainstorm brought traffic chaos to major Lebanese cities, including the capital Beirut and its suburbs, as students returned to schools following the Christmas and New Year holidays, and workers and employees struggled to head to work.


The torrential downpours that started on Saturday and are expected to last till Wednesday left a toddler dead in the area of Iqlim al-Kharroub after rainwater flooded the camps of Bedouins. A man identified as Joseph Antoine Sfeir was also killed in a car crash caused by heavy rains on the Zhaimeh-Mansourieh road. Later on Monday, a van driver was killed when his vehicle collided with a car on the Dahr al-Baidar road, which has been announced to be inaccessible to all vehicles, including those equipped with tire chains. [Link]