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.
“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