18 tonnes of rubbish collected in Miri cleanup


  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 22 Oct 2019

Volunteers and city council staff in a major cleanup of Miri district as part of anti-dengue drive. — Photo by Miri City Council

MIRI: A cleanup campaign launched as part of the anti-dengue drive in Miri district saw more than 18 tonnes of rubbish collected from public places so far.

Over the weekend, some 180 volunteers in the Bakam housing area collected about 1.6 tonnes of trash.

About 800 volunteers in another clean-up operation had earlier collected about 16 tonnes of rubbish from Tudan and Taman Tunku housing estates.

The massive campaign in the district is to clear rubbish in public places and to destroy mosquito breeding grounds.

The campaign is being led by the Miri City Council with help from several government departments and agencies as well as community groups.

Taman Tunku and Tudan housing estates, which are located about 15km north of the city centre, are hotspots.

Both of them have a combined population of about 120,000 residents.

Bakam is 15km south of Miri city. The volunteers over the weekend in Bakam picked up rubbish from bushes, drains, trading zones and beachfront.

The trash included old oil drums, bottles and cans.

The Sarawak Health Department had earlier this month confirmed one death in Taman Tunku due to dengue fever, with 248 confirmed dengue cases in Miri district.

Miri Mayor Adam Yii said massive clean-up campaigns are being organised via gotong-royong with resident groups and community bodies. – By STEPHEN THEN

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