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.”But I’m losing all the sights that I grew up with,” she added, as chunks …

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