People in Cyprus asking on social media about a foul smell in Nicosia got their answer after it emerged that a farmer had dumped manure inside the UN buffer zone.
Local media reported on Monday an unpleasant odor was emanating from the eastern parts of Nicosia after people on social media wrote about “poop smell” stinking up the world’s last divided capital.
The foul smell also made headlines after residents in several boroughs called authorities, with officials investigating the matter and determining that large quantities of manure had been dumped inside the UN buffer zone.
Officials said they were taking steps to manage the problem but solutions were not expected to take hold immediately
Greek Cypriot media reported that areas affected by the smell included Kaimakli, Aglandjia, and Geri, while Turkish Cypriot boroughs were also affected according to news stories in the north.
It later emerged that a Greek Cypriot farmer, who owns a controversial farm in the Sopaz area, had dumped manure inside the buffer zone but failed to follow instructions to cover it properly.
Knews understands this was not the first time the farmer in question had caused problems in the area.
Additional reports in the south said officials from the agriculture ministry in the Republic of Cyprus had confirmed the source of the problem with UN officials.
Officials said they were taking steps to manage the problem but solutions were not expected to take hold immediately.