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Flood of trash covers beach in Dominican Republic

Government workers collecting garbage from a beach in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, last week. Photo: Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty Images
Government workers collecting garbage from a beach in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, last week. Photo: Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty Images

Stunning images surfaced online showing garbage and plastic waste covering a beach in the Dominican Republic following days of heavy rain, reports the New York Times.

The details: Sixty tons of garbage have reportedly been collected since last week, and local reports said about 1,000 workers and heavy equipment such as including cranes, removed dozens of tons of trash over the weekend. During heavy rains, some trash that has been dumped into rivers washes onto the shore, but even more goes out into the ocean, Cyrill Gutsch of Parley for the Oceans told the Times.