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Italy launches emergency measures to deal with rubbish crisis

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The Italian government is to introduce emergency measures to deal with a long-running row over rubbish in Naples.

There have been no waste collections for more than two weeks in the southern Italian city and more than 100,000 tonnes of rubbish lies rotting in the streets.

Now Prime Minister Romano Prodi says enough is enough and has called in the armed forces.

“The government has decided to launch an action plan to assure the removal of normal and special waste by using existing dump depots. The army will be used to clean up the most urgent cases.

The Camorra, the Neapolitan version of the Mafia, has turned rubbish collection into a hugely profitable business and there’ve been repeated clashes over the use of an old rubbish dump on the city’s outskirts which local authorities have been trying to use to ease the crisis.

Angry residents have blocked access to the site claiming it is a health hazard.