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Reports: Dengue fever kills 3 more in India's capital, court blames local administration

Reports: Dengue fever kills 3 more in India's capital, court blames local administration

Dengue fever has killed three more people in India's capital, news reports said Saturday, adding the Delhi High Court blamed the city administration and its municipal authority for the outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease.
The disease, which usually spreads as the annual monsoon season tapers off and leaves puddles of stagnant water for mosquitoes to breed, has killed more than 40 people across north India in the past six weeks, with New Delhi the hardest hit.
At least 743 people in and around New Delhi have been diagnosed with dengue fever and three people died Friday, taking the death toll in the city to 21, the Star News television station said. The report did not give any details on the new deaths.
The Hindustan Times newspaper reported that the Delhi High Court has asked the local administration and the city's municipal authorities to explain why they failed to prevent the outbreak.
"This is a seasonal disease and, therefore, there is no unpredictability. Even then it is as if you are caught unawares," the report said, quoting a court notice to the Delhi government and its municipal body.
"There is total unpreparedness. Preventive measures are launched only when deaths begin to be reported," the notice said. "We cannot comprehend why effective measures to prevent the outbreak were not taken."
Faced with growing criticism, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi sacked 12 employees, who were supposed to fumigate areas to eliminate mosquitoes, for negligence of duty, the Press Trust of India quoted officer N.K. Yadav as saying.


Updated : 2021-03-01 00:00 GMT+08:00