Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) yesterday found Aedes larvae in 91 houses and establishments during the second day of the 10-day "combing operation" to destroy breeding grounds of mosquitoes.The operation began in all the 54 wards under the city corporation simultaneously to protect city dwellers from the menace.
The DNCC team visited at least 13,299 houses and establishments during the drive and found Aedes mosquito larvae, carrier of dengue and chikungunya, in 99 of those, said an official of DNCC.Stagnant water and breeding ground of the mosquito were found at 7,794 establishments including houses and under-construction buildings. During the operation, DNCC mobile courts also fined owners of 18 houses and establishments Tk 2.97 lakh
The drive will continue from 10am to 1pm every day except Friday, dividing a ward into ten sectors and a sector into 10 sub-sectors.
The larvae of Aedes mosquito were found in abandoned tyres, buckets, flower tubs, bottles, water-meters, garages, broken mugs, floors, water-tanks, plastic containers, roof-drains, yogurt pots, abandoned commodes, coconut shells, broken pots, basement and spaces between two houses.
A team comprising four garbage management workers and one spray-man is taking part in the operation in each sub-sector, while 40 garbage management workers and 10 spray-men are taking part in each sector in the drive every day.
The teams are visiting different establishments, houses and under-construction sites to check breeding grounds of Aedes mosquitoes in the area.
They are also collecting pictures and addresses of houses and other establishments and phone numbers of owners if they find Aedes larvae or mosquito breeding sources there.
All data will be stored to prepare a database in monitoring the breeding sources properly afterwards, said a DNCC press release.
Nine entomologists of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), three entomologists and officials of health and garbage management of DNCC will remain present during the drives.
Earlier, DNCC carried out a similar operation partially before Eid-ul-fitr, covering only five wards and another one covering all the wards from June 6 to 15.