If you thought the idea of giant piles of trash lining the streets of Beirut was pretty gross, imagine if those piles became mobile, soggy waste with a questionable-looking surface shine. Sound fun? Yeah, we didn't think so either.
That's the scene in Lebanon's capital city right now, as an early winter storm of rain and hail reaked havoc across the Levant on Sunday.
Palestinian social media users shared videos of baseball-sized hail hitting cities in the West Bank, while Israeli media reported several were injured and one killed after accidents around Tel Aviv.
So Beirut isn't the only one that's knee-deep in the first stages of MENA's winter months, but it's probably the stinkiest. Lebanon's trash saga began in July, when maintenance workers went on strike over the government's failure to replace the dramatically-overfilled Naameh landfill. What ensued was the steady build-up of towers of plastic, food and metal waste all over Beirut.
Back then, Voice of America described them as "rancid mountains of garbage." With Sunday storm, they're probably more like rancid rivers of garbage.
Social media users have been sharing examples across Facebook and Twitter. Have a look at some of them below.
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