Unbearable Stench: Giant Sewage Spill Befouls Peru’s Capital

Millions of gallons of sewage spilled across more than 20 acres of the borough, reaching depths of more than six feet, officials said.

Image via AP Photo/Martin Mejia

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Amid an unbearable stench, thousands of workers, police and soldiers struggled Wednesday to contain and clean up a flood of sewage that has caused the government to declare a health emergency in one of the most populous parts of Peru's capital. The foul flood was caused by a blockage in a giant pipe that collects 80 percent of the sewage in the San Juan de Lurigancho district. Adding a political element,… Read at AP News

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