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Beirut building collapse blamed on heavy rain

Structure collapses in Lebanese capital following heavy rain in country

Beirut building collapse blamed on heavy rain
The structurally-unsound tower toppled earlier this week in the district of Kesrouan.

Another building has collapsed in Beirut this month,
the Daily Star has reported, with blame being pointed at heavy rain in the Lebanese capital.

The structurally-unsound tower toppled earlier this
week in the district of Kesrouan and authorities say no injuries have been reported
following the incident.

On March 9, seven people were injured when a structure
located in the Tabarja Beach complex also fell.

According to the interior minister Marwan Charbel, the
first building was owned by a construction firm which had not been registered with the government since 1970.

Lebanon has witnessed a spate of crumbling buildings this year, some of them deadly. A school in Bhaneen village, north Lebanon, fell down killing three, while a five-story building in the neighborhood of Fassouh, Ashrafieh collapsed, leaving 27 dead and 12 injured.

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