Posted by: r.m. | April 30, 2014

Water crisis intensifies in agricultural lands in southern Lebanon

تتفاقم أزمة المياه شيئاً فشيئاً في منطقة بنت جبيل ومرجعيون، التي تشمل أكثر من 36 قرية وبلدة، حيث توقف الضخّ بالكامل من برك تجميع مياه الري،

التي جفّت نتيجة ضآلة الأمطار المتساقطة الشتاء الفائت، فأصبح الموسم الزراعي الذي يعتمد عليه معظم المقيمين مهدّداً باليباس.

…بدأت احتجاجات الأهالي تأخذ منحى تصاعدياً، ولا سيما في القرى التي يعتمد جميع أبنائها على الزراعة،

Translation:

The water crisis intensifies in Lebanon, particularly in Bint Jbeil and Marjeyoun in the south, where there has been a complete stop in the pumping of water from the irrigation ponds which have dried up due to the decreased rain.  Consequently, the agricultural season, upon which most of the residents depend, is threatened.

People’s protests have begun to escalate…

Read more here:

أزمة المياه في الجنوب: هل تكون «بئر شعيب» فتيل التفجير؟


Responses

  1. The linked article is disastrous as if nobody knew that we had a water crisis and that this year’s precipitation were is the normal range. Villages without water supply for 5 weeks due to very little precipitation and water storage ,electricity shortage due to the dessication of the litany’s river .All this was predictable since at least 5 months so how come when we reach the problem we have no solution and the people need to come down to the streets to be heard for the first time then s solution will be thought about in the near future maybe in 2015.
    the role of the government is to plan for the future have a backup in case of problems but here we see that nobody is paying the price other than the villagers them self having to pay for water transport , its extraction fees and the electric bill of the whole process too .
    something should be done as soon as possible or those villages will lose their agricultural season and we would have bigger problems as consequence.

  2. It is really silly to know that with every solution they came up with there is a new problem. And everyone is blaming others for the problem. Because we did not have enough rain this winter, that should not mean that we do not have water for agriculture, specially when we are talking about a country that is full of water such as Lebanon. Although the writer of the article is afraid from upcoming protests, ironically, I am with such protests. I do not think there is still any way that those citizens did not try yet to have the attention of the government.

  3. Sadly enough, whatever we try to do in Lebanon, the problem just gets worse. If the rain is scarce and people are unable to sustain their needs, it just gets even more disastrous. The problem, you see, is the poor governmental organization and its inability to afford the costs needed to pump water appropriately to houses. I mean, the solution is there, but money remains the problem. The protests’ objections seem to result in no real solution (even though I am with such protests). After all, when the government fails to take appropriate action, it is definitely hard for citizens to take its place and sustain their needs. There are always political issues for ignorance and greed manifest themselves all the time. The thing is, if we cannot control and maintain our needs locally, we will definitely be controlled by bigger and more potent countries. We will stand there with our hands crossed and watch them take over our land, water, and money. And we will still fail to take action..

  4. The article is an obvious portrayal of how water scarcity and environmental issues can have serious threatening consequences economically and politically. With the water scarcity due to lack of precipitation people over the winter season people resorted to protest and threatening the government with more intensified actions. The government trying to alleviate the water crisis in Bent Jbeil faced more aggravating electric issues as to how they could pump water more efficiently with more drought taking place. These issues are interrelated and it is disappointing to see the people in charge trying to solve the problem but rarely coming up with a rational economically feasible solution. This article is only a simple basic example of how climate change, that we are continuously warned about, can tremendously impact our lives and lead to economic and social crashes.

  5. The problem with the Lebanese people is that they still live in the past. They still live at the time when Lebanon was flooded with rivers and fresh water coming from melting snow. As a result, the awareness about water scarcity is non-existent. People in the mountains still leave the water running in the kitchen in order to drink it fresh and cold. Awareness is a must.


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