A river of garbage has been filmed that flows through the streets of Beirut after torrential rains caused flooding in Lebanon.
Incredible images show garbage bags, hundreds of plastic bottles, cardboard boxes and even a mattress that is dragged along the road while astonished spectators watch.
Beirut has been struggling to dispose of its waste since 2015, when the country's main landfill closed after years of overuse.
Heavy rains in Lebanon have dragged a river of garbage through the streets of Beirut, which has been struggling to get rid of its waste for years.
Despite the closure of the site, the government did not have a backup plan to deal with the waste, and has been relying on a number of emergency sites for years.
In January of this year, the beaches of Lebanon were drowned with garbage after the winter storms dragged it to the oceans, before it reached land again.
Hundreds of contractors, mostly Syrians hired hastily by Lebanese authorities, were recruited to clean up the disaster, CNN reported.
The crisis at the national level even provoked a protest movement called You Stink that led to the army having to be deployed to restore order.
The video was posted on Twitter by Severe weather EU, which accredits the Spanish news site Alerta Roja.
According to its Twitter feed, the video shows how trash is swept by Beirut after the recent torrential rains that also severely affected communities further north.
Hundreds of bags, plastic bottles, pieces of cardboard and even a mattress can be seen flowing through the streets in images published online
The Dinnieh region, which borders Tripoli, was hit by torrential rains on Sunday that caused the worst flood in years, according to The Daily Star.
The road that connects Tripoli with the Dinnieh region became a river, with water three feet deep in some places.
Sami Fatfat, a local deputy, admitted that the area was not prepared for the rains, which also damaged the houses.
Lebanon has relied on a series of temporary solutions since the late 1990s, after the end of its 15-year civil war, according to Reuters.
The government has left the local municipal councils on their own devices without adequate resources or funds, especially outside the capital.
Activists say the mess comes from corruption and stagnation at the heart of government, where private companies allied with politicians fight for lucrative contracts.
A report by Human Rights Watch in December said hundreds of improvised and unhealthy landfills have spread throughout the country.
The US-based group said 150 of them burned garbage outdoors every week, even though the government repeatedly banned the practice.