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Dengue ground zero at Okhla Head: Waterlogging after rain favourable for mosquito breeding?

The fresh spell of rainfall in national Capital and Okhla is good news as it has brought the temperature down bringing relief to residents from scorching heat.

However, the other worry is waterlogging in several places of the locality. There are fears that this provides a favourable condition for mosquito breeding at a time when reports are surfacing of dengue and chikungunya cases in Delhi. Though in Okhla no such cases have been reported residents are worried as they are yet to forget how several deaths had occurred last year due to the dengue. There were reports of two people dying in one street.

“Chances are that dengue cases may increase in the coming days. Since we are witnessing rainfall these days, humidity and waterlogging is also there, so the temperature is very much favourable for the mosquito to breed,” said Dr P V M Lakshmi, Associate Professor at the School of Public Health, as reported by IE in its report of other Indian city.

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Dr Lakshmi said: “People have to be very cautious, given the fact that conditions for mosquito breeding are favourable.”

Steps have been taken to address the situation as desilting of the main drain in Abul Fazal Enclave has already been done. But the biggest worry for residents is waterlogging after rain in the locality that stays for days.

Besides, the Government has also announced to take the right steps and the PWD has released WhatsApp and email ID asking residents to share waterlogged areas so that action could be taken. With monsoon just arriving, many residents are living in fear and praying that what happened last year is not repeated this year. For that to happen residents too have to take a few steps and report to administration and see that action is taken immediately, said a local resident.

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