Kolkata: South Kolkata accounted for 86% of the dengue cases reported from the metro last week, according to official data.
Data released by the West Bengal Health Department showed that of the 596 dengue cases reported in the entire metropolitan area in the last seven days, 512 were reported in south Kolkata.
An official of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) said that two districts covering Kasba, Jadavpur and Tollygunge areas in the south have seen the highest number of dengue infections this year.
Kolkata has seen more than 3,500 dengue cases till the last week of October, almost half of which were reported in the last two weeks, the official said.
“Parts of Bansdroni, Naktala, Garia apart from Bhowanipore, Alipore and Chetla (all in south Kolkata) are witnessing a rise in the number of infections this year,” said another KMC official.
When asked what the reason for this could be, a health department official attributed it to the high prevalence of mosquito breeding grounds in the south.
“The southern region of the city is witnessing a construction boom, and these places can be breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Besides this, it has opened thousands of drains and water bodies in south Kolkata,” he said.
He said some areas in the north of the metropolis including Dumdum, Belghachia, Cossipore, Kankurgachi, Phoolbagan, Beliaghata and Narkeldanga have been designated as “dengue hot spots”.
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