Workers clean up a flooded road in Antlias. (The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir)
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Lebanese officials Thursday announced a series of emergency measures aimed at preparing the country for a storm expected to hit over the weekend, even as the country grapples with the damage caused by storm Norma. Caretaker Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said during a news conference that starting Sunday night, security forces would require all cars to use snow chains on high-altitude roads until the storm, expected to last three days, subsides. These would include the road from the coast to Faraya and the Dahr al-Baidar road connecting the coast to Bekaa.Machnouk said efforts would be redoubled to clear the road and provide temporary alternative routes ahead of Norma.Lebanon's refugees were perhaps worst hit by Norma, with the UNHCR reporting that more than 11,000 refugees at 361 camps and informal settlements were affected by severe flooding and heavy snow.
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