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Garbage, trash pose health hazard

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The Hudhud super cyclone has brought among others the problem of garbage and trash to the port city. As much as 35 metric tonnes of garbage piled up in the city as the ferocious wind toppled thousands of trees.

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Visakhapatnam: The Hudhud super cyclone has brought among others the problem of garbage and trash to the port city. As much as 35 metric tonnes of garbage piled up in the city as the ferocious wind toppled thousands of trees.


Apart from it, another 20 metric tonnes of trash and rubbish piled up as roofs of several building being blown away.

The garbage so cleared has been dumped on open grounds and school premises. Foul smell is emanating from the trash and it has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The complete lack of waste management in rural areas has led to large mounds of trash, predominantly plastic, piling up all along the city. The garbage thus being dumped on open grounds is leading to clogging of drains, canals and irrigation tanks.

More importantly, with most of the waste being plastic and non-degradable, fears of drinking water being contaminated are rising among the people. Cattle are seen consume the inorganic trash.

The KGH Hospital grounds too have not been spared. The debirs being dumped are burnt at the open site next to the pathology block.

In some parts of the city, fire accidents occurred. Fires broke out at Pedda Jalaripet, Mudasarivalo, Seethampet and Rajendra Park areas as the trash is being burnt on open grounds. The authorities have not bothered clear the trash being dumped on school premises.

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