Lebanese Minister Pleads for Water as Forest Fires Rage Near Beirut

Lebanon’s Environment Minister urged people with access to water tankers to send them to a Beirut suburb on Tuesday as forest fires expanded to threaten local greenery.

Nasser Yassine’s Twitter plea highlighted how Lebanese institutions are struggling to provide basic services, two years into the country’s economic crisis.

“The wind is helping spread the fire and firefighters are running out of the water that they pulled from the village well. That’s why I put out a tweet,” Mr Yassine told The National from Bchamoun, 20 kilometres south of the capital.

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