Slum dwellings flooded with rainwater, pose health scare in Amritsar

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Amritsar, July 5

Sonu, a resident of ragpickers colony of Preet Vihar near the Majitha Bypass roundabout, has tried everything to get rainwater out of his small jhuggi.

He constructed a small temporary wall at the gate of his house to ensure that water accumulated outside his jhuggi doesn’t enter inside.

“Still, it is nearly impossible to sleep comfortably as the floor is damp and water seeps inside through other openings,” he said.

He is not the only one who is suffering due to rainwater, residents of the colony have also been living in these conditions. Flooded and completely deluged, the unsanitary conditions prevailing in the colony pose a serious health threat to the residents.

“There is knee deep water after two days of rain and sewage from clogged drains has mixed with rainwater. Also, since most ragpickers bring the collected garbage and waste back with them, there is filth all around. All this make a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes,” says Indu Aurora, Rotarian, who is trying to help the residents.

The problem of waterlogging has been prevailing not just in slum areas but also in posh colonies of the city. “Rainwater accumulated outside Celebration Mall is usually released towards the ragpickers’ colony. The administration had been approached to help the residents, but nothing has been done so far,” said Indu.

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