Owners are warned to manage their vacant lands to prevent them from becoming breeding grounds for Aedes mosquitoes.
Ipoh mayor, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin stressed that Ipoh City Council (MBI) will identify involved lot owners and issue warning letters for immediate action.
When met at the MBI building yesterday, he said that approximately 40,000 land lots in the city were left vacant by their owners on purpose.
“The complex situation now is that privately owned lands are also involved,” Rumaizi lamented. “Nevertheless, we will not hesitate to issue compounds as the last step, should warnings be ignored by owners.”
Therefore, he urged owners to ensure constant cleanliness at their lots.
The Perak State Health Department earlier reported an alarming increase of 30 times more Chikungunya cases in the state, equivalent to 454 cases since January this year up till May 23, which was 441 cases compared to only 13 last year in the same duration.
Dato’ Dr Ding Lay Ming stated that the increase was highest in Kinta District compared to others in terms of Chikungunya cases.
According to her, primary causes include vacant land lots and uninhabited premises that encourage breeding of Aedes larvae.