An overnight snowstorm seriously disrupted communications between Lebanon and Syria on Monday (10 February). The?
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Background: An overnight snowstorm seriously disrupted communications between Lebanon and Syria on Monday (10 February). The surprise blizzard completely blocked t he main Beirut-to-Damascus road, cutting off many small towns like the summer resort of Aleyh, about 20 miles (32 kms) southeast of the capital.
Snow, strong winds and heavy rain also wrought havoc in neighbouring syria before the storm moved southward to affect Jordan. Special teams are in action to re-open the major international highways are re-establish telecommunication links.
Three people were killed and two injured when the weight of snow caused a chalet to collapse at a ski resort in Lebanon. Hundreds of skiers were stranded by the blizzard but police say they all had ample supplies, and were in no danger.
Special warnings have been issued to drivers, many of whom found travelling overnight an impossible task. Four drivers have been reported missing. People living on high ground have been advised to move to low-lying areas for fear of landslides, and possibly more snow.