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Dirty Delhi may face mosquito menace again


Ginny Narula,CNN-IBN
Apr 05, 2011 at 09:51am IST

New Delhi: This is the time of the year when mosquito breeding needs to be under check, as May usually is the worst month in Delhi when it comes to malaria or dengue.

It's a huge task at hand for Delhi's municipal corporation, that has just begun its anti-mosquito breeding drive this month.

Dirt all around and stagnating water, unfortunately, isn't a rare sight in the capital. And with temperatures soaring, mosquito breeding, if not kept under check, will lead to a spurt in cases of dengue, chikungunya and malaria.

In the heart of the capital, locals share their concerns.

"We've tried all we could - Prathan ji gets 'thekedaar'. but nothing happesn. its been three years our area hasn't been cleaned," said a concerned local.

This is an ideal environment for mosquito breeding and the irony is its right next to the World Health Organization building - but its typical of many spots in Delhi.

The story is the same in East Delhi. In Mayur Vihar, a large body of stagnant water turns out to be the beginning of the problems.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) says it's doing what it can by starting its own anti mosquito breeding plan this month.

"We are starting domestic breeding checking program. We have 3,200 people and from today they have joined in malaria department. So they will be doing a house to house survey, said MCD Health Officer NK Yadav.

The authorities do need your help, so make sure you have no standing water in and around your house.

If water logging is unavoidable, check if you need to have kerosene, diesel or black oil sprayed.

And don't forget to protect yourselves - with long-sleeved clothes, and mosquito repellents, as needed.

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