The streets of Peru's capital, Lima, are full of stinking refuse caused by a strike by the city's Municipal Workers Union of Peru.
The streets of Peru's capital, Lima, are full of stinking refuse caused by a strike by the city's Municipal Workers Union of Peru. By Tuesday (4 November) the strike had entered its sixth day and there were no signs of the workers returning to work.
The mountains of refuse have become a distinct health hazard, In every street, especially near the markets, huge piles of rotting garbage are creating a dangerous situation. The garbage has also attracted a plague of insects.
Although the city's councils have provided receptacles they have proved totally inadequate. In some main roads, the refuse has reached such large proportion that it is spilling onto the roads from the pavements.
Attempts have been made in some areas to burn the refuse in the streets and destroy the plague of insects -- and the smell. But this has had little effects.
If the refuse continues to accumulate at its present rate, the city may have to evacuate 3,200 metric tons daily order to clear the streets.
The workers - in line with other unions - are striking get higher wages.