Strong winds and flooding have caused havoc and at least one fatality in Lebanon in recent days. On Monday 7th January, torrential downpours flooded the SAT-7 Lebanon offices and studios, after local flood-water defences failed. The disaster incurred over $50,000 in material damages and thousands more in loss of work, opportunity and administrative overhead. Rainwater ruined set décor, carpeting, office supplies, furniture, soundproofing and isolation materials, and damaged vital equipment.
Cleanup crews were immediately hired to pump rainwater out of the building and move the equipment that survived. Live broadcasts were suspended for several days pending alternative arrangements.
Naji Daoud, Executive Director of SAT-7 Lebanon, immediately called insurance adjusters to the scene and plans to file a petition with the government in hopes of obtaining damage compensation. However, he observed that “We cannot tell how much, if ever, they may pay.”
In spite of the unexpected setback, SAT-7 staff members are determined to continue providing quality broadcasts to viewers. An alternative studio will be used for tonight’s live broadcast of Full Stop and the team hopes that Sunday’s live broadcast of We Will Sing will go ahead as planned from the main studio.