Today a huge clean up operation is under way in Lebanon after a storm dumped massive piles of rubbish along the coastline north of Beirut.
These awful scenes are nothing new in Lebanon. In 2015 piles of uncollected rubbish sparked street protests and a campaign called “You stink!” which addressed political inactivity on the matter.
Samy Gemayel, the leader of the Phalangist Party explained the waste had been washed into the sea from rubbish dumps along the coast.
He called for senior officials to be held to account.
“I am speechless as I see the tremendous amount of garbage that was forced here by last week’s storm,” he told a news conference.
“Whoever defended and allowed the establishment of landfills along the coastline is to be held responsible for this disaster.”
Environmentalists and politicians say the latest scenes show that more needs to be done.
Joslin Kehdy, who heads the environmental group Recycle Lebanon, said the expansion of the landfill sites should be stopped.
“Were constantly cleaning up this beach,” he told the Daily Star Lebanon. “Each time a storm comes this beach is filled with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has told authorities to “move quickly to address the problem”.
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