The capital of Lebanon has been facing gruesome garbage issue since last July, when state authorities closed a major landfill without planning to open a new one. In this photo above, taken Thursday, March 3, 2016, a general view shows packed garbage bags on a street in Jdeideh, east Beirut.
I really cannot imagine how disgusting the stench is in those urban areas where local governments have been forced to shovel garbage onto the margins of roads and rivers, because the lack of proper garbage dumps and waste management. This is one of the worst things that can happen to any large city, and according to an
earlier Reuters report
, researchers and campaigners warn this is a public health emergency: unmanaged waste threatens the water supply, garbage burnt by the locals fills the air with stinking smoke that contains high levels of carcinogens and other dangerous pollutants.
The situation in Beirut reminds of the
Naples garbage crisis
, caused by political inefficiency, corruption and
, aggravated by the lack of modern incinerators and low levels of recycling, and which peaked during the summer of 2008, and largely remained unresolved since then.