Updated: 03/07/2014 20:06

NEA steps up efforts to clear leaf litter to guard mosquito breeding

NEA steps up efforts to clear leaf litter to guard mosquito breeding

The National Environment Agency, NEA, says it has stepped up efforts to clear leaf litter during the current dry season to guard against mosquito breeding. 

The current dry spell has led to heavy leaf shedding and an accumulation of leaves in some public areas. 

The 350 additional tonnes of leaf litter collected in February is equivalent to 70,000 filled rubbish bags. 

Each worker is now removing an average of 30 bags of leaf litter from street sweepings as compared to 10 bags previously. 

The increase in leaf litter has resulted in longer time needed to clean the same stretch of road, pavement or drain. 

Repeated leaf fall after the scheduled cleaning rounds have also contributed to the perception of incomplete or inadequate cleaning. 

NEA says it has arranged for additional cleaning at over 70 locations apart from the regular cleaning schedule to ensure any build up of leaf litter is cleared quickly. 

It has also stepped up the pace of cleaning leaf litter in dengue cluster areas and areas with high mosquito feedback, particularly private estates with open drains. 

NEA says 250 breeding sites were detected in mid February as compared to 30 in January. 

The agency is also working with national water agency, PUB, to step up monitoring efforts along drains at 108 locations.

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