The capital of Lebanon has been facing an unpleasant 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 rubbish 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 waste onto the margins of roads and rivers, because the lack of proper rubbish tips 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, rubbish burnt by the locals fills the air with stinking smoke that contains high levels of carcinogens and other dangerous pollutants.
The situation in Beirut recalls the Naples waste crisis, caused by political inefficiency, corruption and mob crimes, 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.