In bankrupt Lebanon, thieves go for manhole covers

Lebanon’s economic meltdown is not just leaving gaping holes in state coffers, with thieves now plucking Beirut’s manhole covers for scrap. Governor Marwan Abboud told AFP Wednesday that soaring poverty had led to a spike in the theft of manhole covers, because “they are made out of cast iron which has become much more expensive”. Lebanon is in the grips of its worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war, and Abboud said the thefts started rising after the devastating August 4 port explosion sowed more misery. The Lebanese pound has lost more than 80 percent of its value against the do…

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