Do you believe it? When people pass through this street of a village in Wuhan city Hongshan district, they need to cover their noses and eyes and hold their breath.
September 8th a Netease blog called “Wang Haofeng Focus Times” (王浩峰聚焦) went to the scene to inspect and reported the observation in the blog post.
Endless piles of garbage are burning by the river at the entrance to the village. Foul smelling odor coming from the thick smoke and ashes of the burning plastic pours into the village with the wind. Village residents, students, women and children who pass by the street are irritated into tears and full of complains. The person sits on the backseat of a motorcycle with one hand covering his mouse and nose and the other hand covering the rider’s mouse and nose. Helpless rider rides his motorcycle with his eyes closed. Some college students pass by, using their clothes to cover their mouse and nose, quickly run and breakthrough the smoke filled “blockade”… Group of green headed flies are buzzing around the area.
As it turns out, the daily garbage all around this area are all dumped at the entrances of the village. No department and organization are cleaning and transporting the garbage. Every time when waste piles up like a mountain and a dense mass of flies “blocking” the road, some people would start a fire to burn the garbage and repelled the flies. Sometimes once the garbage is lit it will burn continuously for several days. This kind of “digesting of the garbage in place approach” has been there for many years. The river next to the village is also polluted into a waste river.
There are not only universities and research institutes connected by this street, but there is also an elementary school inside of the village. Many students pass by here every day, some of them are new college students from all over the country.
When are we going to end the harms caused by piles of unmanaged toxic waste?