Litani River Temporarily Turns White

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The Litani River temporarily turned white on Saturday, reported the daily An Nahar on Sunday.

It said that the incident occurred near the Tall Amara Bridge in the Zahleh district and did not affect the entire river.

The daily likened the color to that of milk, saying that the change may have been caused by the flow of calcified water in the river or the dumping of waste from a nearby rock factory.

In February, the Beirut River mysteriously turned red.

Environment Ministry experts tried to determine the cause for the change, but to no avail.

They speculated that it may have been caused by pollution from a nearby farm

Comments 42
Thumb jabalamel 18 March 2012, 09:33

lithani is changing colors because it's polluted from all the zionist comments on naharnet comments section :)

Default-user-icon Geej (Guest) 18 March 2012, 09:52

Jabalamel. I must admit that your imput is so constructive. Bloody hell, it must have taken you hours of thinking, reflecting, and analysing to come out with such a creative statement.

Thumb jabalamel 19 March 2012, 02:40

no, actually, patriotic lebanese can come up to something in a second, while traitors and zionist would take hours for same thing.

Default-user-icon Avi (Guest) 18 March 2012, 10:16

lol everything because of the 'cruel zionist' ,Jabamel thank you for all your comments ,it juste shows you how mch Israel needs to defend itself.

Thumb jabalamel 19 March 2012, 02:40

the filthy zionist slime trash scum filth is using my comments on naharnet comments section as a justification for existance of genocidal zionist entity.

yeah sure, believe in that...

Default-user-icon Charbel (Guest) 19 March 2012, 09:19

jabalamel, man i have been reading naharnet for a while now. CANT YOU COME UP WITH ANOTHER WORD THAN "filthy" ??????? the only person that is "filhy" is you dude. Get a life!

Default-user-icon bibo (Guest) 18 March 2012, 10:49

I dropped my arak bottle guys sorry!

Thumb jabalamel 19 March 2012, 02:42

finaly a decent comment. but you have to explain to the zionists what is arak, they don't know

Thumb kesrweneh 19 March 2012, 16:25


Default-user-icon Rami (Guest) 18 March 2012, 12:33

FT, if no one shouts about it, ie. the Minister of Environment should be the first one to bang on the table, then some big shot is surely involved or someone is being covered. Who cares about environment, electricity, rotten meat and so on... and they tell you that Lebanon is a great and beautiful country, at this rate, we are on the right track to become the rubbish bin of the middle east in both, politically and environmentally.

Default-user-icon Bib74 (Guest) 18 March 2012, 12:43

Yi I thought first it was snow , then it was freezed ,then I realized it was in lebanon so I assumed its definitely not something natural , a plastic surgery gone bad like most of its women, or pollution by the poisonous words of politicians!

Default-user-icon Norm (Guest) 18 March 2012, 12:48

It's Arak, sorry to offend your anti alcohol sensibilities habal, YASSOU!

Thumb jabalamel 19 March 2012, 02:42

you are nothing but filthy zionist slime filth and scum

Default-user-icon Norm (Guest) 19 March 2012, 04:08

Crap I got infested with jabalamel, I AM FILTHY!

Default-user-icon Dropkick Murphys (Guest) 18 March 2012, 12:52

It should've been green, happy St Patrick's day .

Thumb cedar 18 March 2012, 12:55

Dodgy Government turns a blind eye because someone gets paid to ignore red and white rivers in lebanon.

Default-user-icon Snatch (Guest) 18 March 2012, 13:09

Habal !!!!!! where have u been mate.
We missed you habal comments.
Mazbout u were arrested for an unpaid elec bill ??
how dare they arrest ashraf el ness?

Thumb jabalamel 19 March 2012, 02:44

the filthy zionist media terrorists, worm and rat, slime and filth, trash, is hoping that i was in trouble because of electricity bill.

keep hoping, trash

Default-user-icon mfawaz (Guest) 18 March 2012, 13:34

the next river will turn blue,
red, white and blue it's the Americans messing with filthy habalkamel's brain.. off course that's futile exercise, how can you mess with something that doesn't exist.

Missing youssefhaddad 18 March 2012, 13:35

Maybe someone dumped ARAK in the river?
The environment in Lebanon is being decimated and no one cares!

Default-user-icon Maroon (Guest) 18 March 2012, 15:00

To the competent Lebanese government and health ministry: Take 50 water samples from each incident and send them to labs around the world for testing. Let's get some accurate results. Come on, what next ? The water turning green in color? Oh wait, red, white and now green are the Lebanese flag colors.

Missing aris 18 March 2012, 15:26

It must be hassouni's shitting bricks of fear

Thumb 18 March 2012, 15:55

the filthy zionist media propaganda machine needs a "aroos" because he is hallucinating and trying to say something but he is not..

Default-user-icon Hadi (Guest) 18 March 2012, 16:32

Learn some new vocab words! Every article you comment on involves you blaming everything on the "filthy zionists". Whether its a fly dying or a bomb going off, its all because of those "filthy zionists" right jabal habal?

Thumb jabalamel 19 March 2012, 02:45

oh look, the zionist psychopath has spoken

Default-user-icon Commonsense (Guest) 18 March 2012, 15:49

I can't imagine it's that difficult for a lab to get some samples and determine cause... What a corrupt country....

Default-user-icon The Truth (Guest) 18 March 2012, 15:52

It's turning white to commemorate the purity of the angel Bashar Al Assad for his heroic actions in resisting Israel (zero actions) and his struggle against foreign bullies trying to pick on his great democratic government :(

Thumb jabalamel 19 March 2012, 02:46

that you are not funny, it's clear. that you are an idiot, it's also clear.

it's only not clear the cause of your mental problems: didn't get enough of mother's milk, or they kicked you in the school too often?

Default-user-icon Eli (Guest) 18 March 2012, 16:50

The next color is green.....and then we'll have a nice Lebanese flag!

Missing ulpianus 18 March 2012, 16:52

If the citizens care so much, why dont you people get a sampel of it and send it to any organisation?
If somebody can collect a sample, I would happily turn it in to an organization for examination.
My problem is just that I dont live in Lebanon currently.
Anyone interested send me your E-mail adress.

Default-user-icon Basil (Guest) 18 March 2012, 17:29

I am a water quality engineer and to have a sample withstand the travel time it has to be preserved properly, not just collected. Some constituents degrade with heat so the sample would need to be refrigerated, others need to be preserved by adding ammonia. For some biological contaminants the test should be performed within 48 hours. You can see from the picture how degraded the banks of the Litani are. A river like that should have a much wider riparian zone around it. Sadly it looks denuded. From the color, you can tell that the contaminants are not naturally occurring, but rather chemical in nature, from one of the neighboring factories. Rivers can be rehabilitated and restored, but we need to have the laws and regulations that would encourage that. We need a Clean Water Act for Lebanon.

Missing ulpianus 19 March 2012, 00:36

I guessed that its not just to collect it and therefore we have people like you, knowing these things. Thank you for a nice and informative answer.

Missing anonymoustxusa 18 March 2012, 18:25

Government respond to Public/Civil society demands. And not the opposited.
If there isn't enough Lebanese public pressure on the government to do something - then why would the government bother.
Don't kid yourselves - Most Lebanese don't care about environment - all they care about is "Don't throw the carbadge in front of my house" and they don't care what is being done with it.
Yeah sure you will see an outcry from time to time to such events - like seeing Nahr Beirut red or Litani white. But in genreal the majority of Lebanese don't see dumping sewage - chemicals etc in rivers as a problam, and they are not exerting pressure on the government to solve it. And that's the real problem.

Missing forces 18 March 2012, 22:14

"Environment Ministry experts tried to determine the cause for the change, but to no avail." are you kidding me?? what kind of so called experts did they bring in? obviously none that could spell their name or find their way out of a wet paper bag. sounds very suspect to me. By the way Environment Ministry in Lebanon, isn't that an oxy moron?

Thumb jabalamel 19 March 2012, 02:41

it is when your traitor was in the post.

Default-user-icon LebExpat (Guest) 18 March 2012, 22:27

goverment officials??? which goverment? they are busy sharing the cake, no time to look into petty matters like pollution and expired products, hell even the diesel scandal didn't reach anywhere...must have evaporated

Default-user-icon at last it happened (Guest) 18 March 2012, 22:38

... w khedlak 3a rawbeh!

Default-user-icon Skyfall (Guest) 19 March 2012, 07:54

What a horrible country. People fighting even for rivers turning red or white. Its not a problem of Religion , sects or parties. Its a problem of people in general. Just to see how we Lebanese are corrupted deep down our soul. What i think it might be milk expired, such as the red colour was dumping of meat expired, since there is a wave of control these days againt expired food or other... Look at our brave citizens, dumping their shit in rivers. Ya haram ya lebnen, no electricity, no water, no laws, lebanese and non lebanese militias, rivers that begin to look like rainbows with the dumping of all kind of waste. This country is doomed.Its not the politicians that are the problem. Its the people, how many good left? 10-15 %? very few to stand up to all this filth.

Thumb falanges 19 March 2012, 07:56

neon the Palestinian, this is not a refugee site get out of here

Default-user-icon SALAM (Guest) 19 March 2012, 08:59

ça fait toujours plaisir de voir qu'au lieu de parler d'analyses de l'eau afin de déterminer quels sont les causes, les responsables et de régler les choses en amont



nous n'avons encore une fois laissé faire les responsables pendant que nous jouons à la guéguerre niveau gamins mal polis et irrespectueux d'autrui

DÉSOLANT !!! PAUVRE LIBAN grande tristesse

Default-user-icon salam qa 7ikma (Guest) 19 March 2012, 09:09

Bonjour à tous je suis désolée de constater que nous sommes encore dans des disputes intestines !
bien ça arrange les responsables de ces graves problèmes de pollution de notre précieuse eau !
bon quelqu'un pense à effectuer des analyses de cette eau au lieu de perdre votre temps à jouer les petits gamins mal torchés ?
pauvre Liban quelle tristesse

Default-user-icon Hich (Guest) 19 March 2012, 09:52

they should hire us in Hollywood if one day they need in their movies Rivers changing colors!