Kolkata: The southern part of Kolkata contributed 86 percent of the total number of dengue cases reported from the metropolis in the last week, according to official data.
Data released by the West Bengal Health Department showed that of the 596 dengue cases reported from the entire metropolitan area in the past seven days, south Kolkata accounted for 512.
A Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) official said two townships covering Kasba, Jadavpur and Tollygunge areas in the south have recorded the most infections this year.
Kolkata has seen more than 3,500 dengue cases till the last week of October, and almost half of those were reported in the last two weeks, the official said.
“Bansdroni, Naktala, parts of Garia besides Bhowanipore, Alipore and Chetla (all in south Kolkata) are witnessing an increase in the number of infections this year,” said another KMC official.
When asked what could be the reason behind this, a health department official attributed it to the high prevalence of mosquito breeding spots in the southern part.
“The southern region of the city is witnessing a construction boom, making these places potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes. In addition to this, south Kolkata has thousands of open drains and water bodies,” he said.
He also said that some areas in the northern part of the metropolis, including Dumdum, Belghachia, Cossipore, Kankurgachi, Phoolbagan, Beliaghata and Narkeldanga have been earmarked as “dengue hot spots”.
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