Thanks to the 2015 Floods, the Mosquito Season in Chennai May Get Pretty Bad

The boats that the corporation used to spray larvicide along the city’s three main water bodies were damaged in the floods.

It is the time of the year when Chennai’s weather swings rapidly between sultry heat and short, sudden spells of showers. With the North East monsoon nearly two months away, these short-lived bursts of rain signal the onset of another phenomenon: the onslaught of mosquitoes.

To prevent the spread of vector-borne diseases like dengue and malaria, the Chennai Corporation usually makes arrangements to spray larvicide along Chennai’s three main water bodies – the Adyar river, the Cooum river and the Buckingham canal, which are arguably the city’s largest mosquito-breeding grounds. Boats are usually taken out to reach parts of these water bodies inaccessible by land.

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