Palliyamulla bother:mosquitoes, overflowing drains and stagnant water

Published : 9:33 am  February 19, 2015 | No comments so far |  |  (501) reads | 

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Text and pics by   Dayarathna Pathirana
Blocked drains and   consistent rains have turned the area near Palliyamulla into a virtual swamp   filled with mosquitoes, residents said.
Many complained   that they could not make their way to the mosque situated in the area as the   storm water pipes were blocked and overflowing and also because the rain   water does not recede.

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The overflowing   pipeline had also turned the area into a mosquito breeding ground but the   authorities hardly took the time or effort to clear the area up, they   complained.

There are hundreds   of people who come to the mosque, especially on Fridays. There is a school   close by and the situation has become a nuisance to us
                                                                                                                — Palliyamulla   resident

“There are hundreds   of people who come to the mosque, especially on Fridays. There is a school   close by and the situation has become a nuisance to us,” residents said.
A.J.M Rishmi a   resident said he had trouble going home on rainy days. “The pipeline near the   mosque is broken and the water takes a long time to recede because of this.   And because there are no other outlets close by the rain water has no where   to go and therefore stagnates. The gardens and compounds in the area also   turn into swamps conducive to the breeding of mosquitoes,” he said.
Chairman of the   Panadura Urban Council M. Ifhaas Nabuhaan said the area was a designated as a   low ground area. “It has been so for several years. However, we will rectify   the issue and ensure the area is cleared soon,” he said.