SAD PLIGHT of Moratuwa municipal area

Published : 9:06 am  January 5, 2016 | No comments so far |  |  (1519) reads | 

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BY INDIKA MANOJ COORAY AND KUSAL CHAMATH Side drains in the Moratuwa municipal area have been filled with garbage and stagnant water after the heavy rain experienced in the area recently. Residents of the area pointed out that the uncovered side drains were an eyesore in the town. They said garbage collections left by the roadside had been washed away by storm water and stuck in the drains, obstructing the free flow of water.

A resident of Moratuwa town Lalith Withanachchi (45) said the side drains filled with stagnant water and garbage created dengue mosquito breeding grounds. He said several positive cases of Dengue fever had been reported from the Moratuwa town, which was densely populated. The patients had been admitted to Kalubowila and Panadura hospitals. “We have made representations in this regard to the Road Development Authorities and the Municipal Council but to no avail.

The situation has worsened after the recent rains. It is sad that the health authorities that warn the public to keep the houses, home gardens, and business establishments free of Dengue mosquito breeding grounds have ignored the squalid storm water drains along the main roads in the town allowing Dengue fever to reach epidemic proportions,” he said. Residents of the area requested the health authorities to look into this danger to public health and to take action against the RDA and the Moratuwa Municipal Council for their failure to maintain the storm water drains in the town