Danger lurks in pond

Too close to houses: The retention pond at Taman Silibin Ria is filled with undergrowth, attracting mosquitoes to make the area its habitat.

A retention pond filled with undergrowth at Taman Silibin Ria is a cause for concern for residents there as it is becoming a home to mosquitoes.

Teacher K. Krishnan, 46, said the bushes and grass surrounding the pond were attracting mosquitoes and have made the area its habitat.

“I have complained about this to the Ipoh City Council through telephone calls and e-mails last year but no action has been taken.

“The city council had promised to clean up the area in two weeks but it has now been over a month,” he said.

“There has been a lot of mosquitoes during the dry spell and, fortunately, the recent rainy season has seen a drop in numbers,” he told MetroPerak.

“I hope the authority will cut the undergrowth to get rid of the mosquitoes and prevent them from breeding,” he said, adding that he had children and was worried they would come down with dengue fever.

“I have been living here for about two years and I think the authorities have only cleaned up the area once,” he said.

City council corporate affairs principal assistant director Normala Latiff said a check would be done to see who had jurisdiction over the retention pond.

“If it’s under the city council, we will instruct the landscaping unit to do the necessary and if it is under Indah Water Konsortium, then our health unit will send them a notice to take the appropriate action,” she said.

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