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Atlas of Lebanon

Part 5 - Major Environmental Issues

Risks (II): Floods and Human Activities

Chadi Abdallah

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Floods frequently occur in Lebanon during the rainy season, usually between December and March after particularly heavy storms or at the beginning of snowmelt. Rivers overflow causing major damages, which are estimated to amount to 15 million US$ per year. These events are more and more studied and seem mostly related to anthropogenic factors, including uncontrolled urban sprawl.

An increasingly frequent phenomenon?

There has never been a systematic recording over time of floods in Lebanon, which makes their impact difficult to assess. A survey of the events mentioned in the press was conducted by a team of the NCSR. These figures should be treated with caution, as they may partially reflect the growing attention paid to this issue by the media and public opinion. Nonetheless, one can observe a distinct increase in the number of reported events, with a total of 23 since 2000. Several factors could explain this trend. The increase in the number of torrential rains over the past decades...

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