Overflowing drains spread diseasesJune 10, 2015
Karachi: Poor cleanliness and overflowing drains in different areas of Karachi are spreading diseases including dengue, malaria, diarrhea, typhoid and naegleria in the city, but the administration has been continuously ignoring these problems despite public outcry.
Even in densely populated Saddar area the condition of street sweeping and drainage work in very poor. Marston Road and streets linking it to Ankelsaria Hospital have been inundated in overflowing gutter water for more than one year, but the civic authorities are unmoved. The New Preedy Street just in front of the CDGK car parking plaza has been braving an overflowing gutter for past two years but the city administration does not care.
In Old City area there are dozens of streets where gutter lines are either broken or completely chocked. Same is the situation in all 19 towns of the city and it needs urgent and focused steps on the part of KMC, KWSB and other concerned agencies and departments.
Repair of choked gutter lines and cleaning gutter water from streets would help the government to reduce the very high disease burden in Karachi including rising cases of dengue, malaria, diarrhea, typhoid and naegleria in the city. Eight people have already died of naegleria in the city this year which is an alarming figure considering the fact that naegleria is a rare disease.