People celebrating a nine-day feast in Turkey have been blamed for excessive consumption that caused a sewage pipe to burst, flooding a local tourist beach.
This footage filmed by a tourist shows how raw sewage flowed into the sea just metres from bathers at the popular Turkish beach.
The video shows gallons of dark-coloured liquid gushing from two exposed plastic rainwater drainage pipes and mixing with the azure of the Aegean Sea.
A second video shows how a ruptured sewer pipe right next to a stall completely floods a number of residential roads with filthy brown liquid.
The incident was caused by a burst sewer line in the Turkish resort town of Kusadasi, which is hugely popular with British and Irish tourists and expats.
The raw sewage that flooded the streets was then pumped into the sea after it entered the town’s rainwater drainage system.
The beach was busy with sun seekers at the time, and it is likely most were initially unaware that the sea was being filled with human waste just metres from where they were bathing.
The incident took place on Saturday, 24th July, just as the town’s population swelled to nearly a million inhabitants as the Eid al-Adha holiday attracted domestic and international revellers.
Kusadasi’s residential population was reported to be 121,493 last year, though it regularly rises to over half a million in the summer months.
The local authorities said that the incident was caused by the town’s bloated population’s excessive consumption during the nine-day Islamic holiday.
It is unlikely Kusadasi was packed with Brits at the time, as although it is popular with British sun seekers, Turkey is currently on the UK’s red list for COVID-19.
Shortly after the incident occurred, tourists left the beach in droves, as they had noticed the sea changing colour and the bad smell starting to permeate the area.
The pipe was fixed by the local authorities shortly after the rupture was reported.