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Sanitation situation in Mafraq Municipality worsening — mayor

By Petra - May 18,2014 - Last updated at May 18,2014

MAFRAQ — Residents of Mafraq Municipality, who include over 130,000 Syrian refugees, currently generate 200 tonnes of garbage daily, with sanitation services unable to keep up, Mafraq Mayor Ahmad Hawamdeh said Sunday.

The municipality has only three trash compactors that cannot handle such a great amount, Hawamdeh said, adding that financial difficulties and a staff shortage have exacerbated the sanitation situation in Mafraq.

The municipality has floated a tender to select a private company to collect garbage for six months until it buys new compactors.

Seventy per cent of Mafraq municipality’s JD6 million budget is paid as salaries to its 650 employees, including 60 sanitation workers.

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