The two Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut where September's massacres occurred face a new crisis, flood-waters.
GV Main street of Sabra refugee camp. Beirut, with people wading through flood waters. (2 shots)
SV PULL BACK TO GV & SV People clearing drains as flood waters swirl by. (2 shots)
SV Man fitting corrugated iron strips for protection against rain (2 shots)
GV & SV Car driving down main street to Chatila camp, Beirut, women wading in flood waters (2 shots)
GV Man and child wheeling barrow along flooded street.
CU PULL BACK TO SV Children playing in water with car tyre.
GV ZOOM TO SV Lebanese army truck drives through flood waters.
CU PULL BACK TO GV Man sweeping out flooded house.
SV Man collecting rain water in metal containers.
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Background: The two Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut where September's massacres occurred face a new crisis, flood-waters. Lebanon is now being washed with heavy winter rains, and the first torrential downpour in the badly bombed suburbs of Beirut sent mud and dirty water swirling through many areas. This was the scene in the Sabra camp on November 8. With no storm drains and no sewage system, the homeless Palestinians used any material they could find to try and keep out the rain. At the nearby Chatila camp, the refugees faced the same problem of trying to keep dry, although for some children the flood-waters provided a new game. The Lebanese government has initiated a 'clean up campaign' throughout the country, but the onset of winter has brought new misery for people left without housing, electricity and drinking water, following the ravages of war.