By Sophie Nasrallah

As we are writing this article, temperatures in Lebanon are unusually low for the month of March and snow is still expected to fall on many parts of the country.

This winter, temperatures reached new lows, down to -9°C (16°F) at times in densely populated areas like the Beqaa valley. Several storms hit the region and snowfall was observed multiple times, starting at an altitude of 350 meters above sea level.

This harsh weather put unprecedented pressure on people living in highly vulnerable environments, like poorly insulated shelters or tents, many of which collapsed under the weight of the snow.