Tuesday 26 May, 2020

Ministry says rainy season preparations are well underway

Photo courtesy the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government.

Photo courtesy the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government.

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government said preparations for the upcoming rainy season are well underway.

In a statement issued Friday, Minister Kazim Hosein said that all 14 Municipal Corporations have begun preparing by clearing drains and illegal dumping in various areas. 

Following discussions with Mayors, Chairmen and CEOs, Minister Hosein said Corporations are hard at work.

“Right now the Corporations are working very hard in preparation for the rainy season. Public Health and Sanitation Units have been clearing drains and minor watercourses throughout the year."

"Of course, this is in addition to spraying exercises for mosquitoes and the clearing of illegal dumping sites.”

Minister Hosein also commended all local government representatives and the many essential employees who continue to execute their mandate throughout the COVID-19 pandemic saying, “It is because of their unwavering commitment to service that preparations have continued despite the new challenges we are facing.”

The Ministry said it is collaborating with the Ministry of Health and various key stakeholders as additional strategies and precautionary measures are developed in light of COVID-19.

Hosein said: “The data is telling us to expect a very active hurricane season and so it is critical that our disaster response mechanisms are in place early. There are also new concerns about shelter management and the provision of relief items in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are planning for those possibilities as well.”

Hosein said a virtual meeting with representatives of all Municipal Corporations will be held soon for further updates on preparation measures. 

The Ministry noted that the Drainage Division of the Ministry of Works and Transport continues to provide support to Corporations in the clearing of large watercourses.

The Ministry said Hosein will also be visiting Corporations which were severely impacted by flooding last year to inspect rainy season preparations and flood mitigation works.

Hosein also urged the public to report all cases of illegal dumping to prevent the risk of flooding.

“The majority of citizens obey the law. However, a small number of individuals insist on breaking the law with no concern for how it affects their neighbour. I encourage citizens to report illegal dumping."

"You can make a report to the Municipal Police or notify the Litter Wardens. You can also reach out to your local government representatives or the Ministry - take pictures or videos and send it to us. With your help we can hold perpetrators to account. We all have a part to play in keeping our communities clean, and by extension, ensuring that our country is ready for the rainy season.”

The fines for illegal dumping now stand at $4,000 for individuals and $8,000 for organisations.

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