Officials Meet at Center House to Discuss Plans after Storm

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Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri chaired an "expanded" ministerial meeting at the Center House on Thursday to discuss the damages and compensation following a storm that pummeled Lebanon for five consecutive days.

The meeting was held in the presence of several officials including caretaker: Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil, Public Works and Transport Minister Youssef Fenianos, Agriculture Ghazi Zoaiter, Interior Nouhad Mashnouq, Higher Relief Committee chief Maj. Gen. Mohammad Kheir, head of the Council of Development and Reconstruction Nabil al-Jisr, and the governors of the districts of Akkar, Beirut, Baalbek, Bekaa, Nabatieh, the North and South.

A storm packing snow and rain has battered Lebanon for five days and flooded neighborhoods and paralyzed major mountain roads.

Residents in some Beirut neighborhoods awoke Wednesday to find their cars immersed in water as rivers overflowed, inundating streets with muddy water.

Some of the most affected areas were the northern Beirut suburb of Antelias and Hay al-Sollom just south of the capital, where two rivers overflowed, flooding some parking lots and the ground floors of some buildings, forcing people to move to higher stories.