Authorities say likely cause of discoloration was red dye spilled into the water. Some alarm was noted in Lebanon over the weekend when photos shared on social media showed a river in the country’s east had turned crimson red. Footage of the river Bardawni in the city of Zahle quickly went viral, prompting government officials to investigate.

Authorities said the likely cause of the water’s discoloration was red dye spilled into the river by a local place of business. The environment ministry said it would “take the maximum action against anyone who appears in the investigation, causing this pollution or contributing to it.” READ MORE