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Mosquito menace grips Madaripur townies
Abul Hasan Sohel
Published :Tuesday, 15 March, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 9
MADARIPUR, Mar 14: Sufferings of Madaripur townies  have reached an extreme level due to massive mosquito prevalence, allegedly due to negligence of the municipality authority.
The winged insects rule the entire town as the authorities are not using any mosquito repellents. In the last two years, the municipality authority kept aloof from any steps to control the menace.
Different ditches, particularly narrow and clogged drains, have been the breeding grounds for mosquitoes, field sources said.
While visiting different areas of the town, this correspondent noticed how the town dwellers were suffering from the mosquito menace at business centres, educational institutions, offices, bus and launch terminals.
Shoppers are doing brisk business by charging extra prices for mosquito coils, sprays and some other types of repellents.
Abdul Al-Jahir, resident of College Road area in the district town said, "I have to spend a certain amount of money from my salary every month for fighting the menace." He wondered what the municipal authorities were doing.
He alleged that he had not seen any anti-mosquito drive in the last two years, though the mosquito menace was prevalent.
Md Ruhul Amin, a student of Madaripur Nazim Uddin Government University College, who lives in a rented mess near the DC Bridge Road in the town, said, "It is very difficult for us to stay inside our rooms both by day and at night." He, however, said they had to stay inside mosquito nets while reading at those times.
Seeking anonymity, a councillor of Madaripur Municipality, said, "I personally asked the mayor four months ago. He told me that steps would be taken within four months. But no steps have been taken yet."
When contacted, Mayor Khalid Hossain Yead admitted the mosquito menace in the town.
"Anti-mosquito drives have already been conducted in some areas of the town several times. But, it is not possible to conduct the drives all over the town due to scarcity of medicines and spray machines," the Mayor added.
He, however, expected an allotment from the Local Government and Rural Development authority very soon for combating the mosquito menace.
He added that there is no sufficient fund for the municipality to tackle any emergency situation, terming the mosquito menace an emergency case.

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