By Adam Ali.
Benghazi, 29 October 2014:
The first rain to fall in Benghazi since summer has caused havoc with the mountains of rubbish strewn across the city left uncollected for months.
Residents who had to deal with the appalling smell of the waste in the heat have said now in the wet the stench is just as bad. “The huge amounts of garbage that cover the streets make an awful smell and the air is hard to breathe,” one Laithi local told the Libya Herald.
The flooding has compounded Benghazi’s sanitation problems. Rubbish collectors who have not been paid for months on end are now unable to access many areas of the city because of ongoing clashes and road blocks.
The waste is now floating on the roads on the few inches of water and clogging drains. In some places residents have been seen cleaning the streets and draining the water but the mountains of rubbish still poses a considerable health hazard.