Lebanon: ‘River of trash’ chokes Beirut suburb as city’s garbage crisis continues

Beirut (CNN) – A river of stinking garbage bags snakes its way through the suburbs of Beirut, a surreal and unhygienic blight on Lebanon’s cosmopolitan capital.

This overflowing landfill, stretching for hundreds of meters through Jdeideh in the city’s suburbs, is the consequence of the city’s months-long garbage crisis — both a symbol and a by-product of the country’s dysfunctional politics.

“This used to be such a beautiful place, but look at it now. We can’t even walk by it,” Jawanah, a local resident who only gave her own name, told CNN.

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Problems began when authorities shut the main landfill site for Beirut’s garbage in July, but failed to provide an alternative.