A damaged section of the water network in Qaraoun is to blame for recent illnesses reported in the region, according to the Lebanese Health Ministry officials, quoted by the Daily Star Saturday.
The daily quoted officials from the Lebanese Health Ministry as saying that the preliminary results of tests conducted by the Ministry on water samples from Lake Qaraoun indicated that the water was clean.
However, the paper said, they found that the water became contaminated after it passed through a rusty part of the 65-year-old pipe network that was broken in some places. That section mainly supplies the al-Jameh area in the Bekaa.
The area has been afflicted with water-poisoning cases recently, the daily said, referring to the 80 people who were affected over the past week and several people had to be hospitalized - Albawaba.com
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