Winter Rains In Beirut Finish Off Blast-ravaged Homes

Norma Mnassakh was leaving her apartment in the Lebanese capital when a cloud of dust suddenly billowed from the Ottoman-era building next door.

The abandoned home with its popular ground-floor ice cream shop had been severely damaged in the colossal August 4 explosion at the nearby Beirut port.

Now, heavy rainfall has just about finished off the job.

“I was born and raised here. This neighbourhood is home. I know every single piece of it,” the woman in her fifties told AFP, only hours after the building partially caved in.

The blast severely affected the working-class Karantina district adjacent to the port The blast severely affected the working-class Karantina district adjacent to the port Photo: AFP / JOSEPH EID

“But I’m losing all the sights that I grew up with,” she added, as chunks of rubble lay strewn on the sidewalk.

Rmeil 24, in Beirut’s Ashrafieh district, is among a handful of structures damaged in the blast that collapsed this week with

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