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Seaview cries for help!

Published:Wednesday | September 10, 2014 | 9:00 AM
A chocked gully with plastic bottles and other debris in Seaview Gardens, St. Andrew - Text and Photo by Norman Grindley Chief/Photographer

AS THE number of reported cases of chikungunya in Jamaica increases, residents of Seaview Gardens, St Andrew, are calling on the authorities to visit their community as they anticipate an outbreak of the disease based on the state of drains and uncollected garbage in their community.

"Mosquitoes are killing us!" said Milton White, who has lived in the area for the past 30 years. ... . The gullies are clogged with plastic bottles and waste that are coming from the factories around us".

He told The Gleaner during a visit on Sunday that the community is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes as the mouth of the gully leading to the sea is blocked with debris.

But another resident who identified himself as Roy, said Seaview Gardens will always be water-logged because the gully is below sea level.

"We need the bigger heads to come and see how they can rectify the problem as we are suffering for years. At nights, people have to run into their house as if we are under curfew. People who come into the area must be thinking that we join a slapping competition as everybody slapping themselves to get rid of the stinging pest," said Roy.