Dengue deaths continue to sweep across Tamil Nadu. The State has recorded the highest number of cases after Kerala and Karnataka
Government hospitals have reported dengue deaths in Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruchy, Dindigul and Karur.
To tackle the mosquito menace, the Greater Chennai Corporation started a mass cleaning drive, albeit a little too late.
The drive is to check mosquito breeding sources, including abandoned vehicles on the roads, the Hindu reported.
Corporation Commissioner D Karthikeyan took charge of it, asking traders in areas such as Pudupet to remove mosquito breeding sources like damaged and deserted vehicles.
Over 175 tonnes of scrap from old vehicles were removed from Pudupet on Thursday by corporation workers.
The civic body has formed 200 teams, made up of 2,825 malaria labourers and 14,902 conservancy workers to carry out the mass cleaning drive.
As many as 331 fogging machines and 32 vehicle-mounted machines were used.
The civic body has also organised 76 medical camps, where it identified fever cases. “We imposed a fine of ₹51,000 on violators,” said an official said to the Hindu. Violators would be individuals responsible for improperly disposing of abandoned vehicles, which are breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) government has been severely criticised for the handling of the menace, but it claims to be taking all the possible measures to counter it.
About 30 fresh cases are recorded in Chennai every day, according to the state health department.