The piles of dumped garbage and clogged sewage drains in the area have also become an infinite source of mosquitoes.
“The sewage is never cleaned. Thousands of mosquitoes bite us everywhere. We can’t sleep at night and I’m also worried for my children’s health," says Suguna G, mother of three.
Thankfully, except for a few cases of viral infections, no cases of mosquito borne epidemic diseases like malaria, dengue or chikunguniya have been reported in the area.
Although the open drains are covered with concrete slabs, there are many gaps and the residents use them to get rid of the water used for washing clothes and used vessels. Wasted food and soap more often than not mix with the sewage in the drain.
The sanitation problem does not end there. As the sewage drains into the Adyar River, foam formation leads to the growth of thick clusters of water hyacinths.
“The corporation comes to clear the water hyacinths. But, if they don’t, the mosquitoes grow in numbers,” says Sandhya D, a 52 year-old resident.
With public toilets almost a mile and a half away, the residents, especially children are more likely to defecate in the open, along the Adyar river bank, according to some of the child residents.