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Fogging on as dengue outbreak gets worse

New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) With the dengue spreading in the capital, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) Monday resumed fogging after a three-day gap in a desperate bid to kill mosquitoes, officials said.

2010-10-25T19:52:00Z

New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) With the dengue spreading in the capital, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) Monday resumed fogging after a three-day gap in a desperate bid to kill mosquitoes, officials said.

The civic body stopped fogging Oct 21 blaming the Delhi government for not releasing the funds since the Commonwealth Games ended Oct 14.

Speaking to IANS, V.K. Monga, chief of MCD's health committee, said: 'The corporation was forced to stop the fogging. We haven't paid for some time.'

He said the MCD demanded Rs.79 crore but got Rs.27 crore -- which was spent on expensive chemicals to kill mosquitoes and other insects from all the sports and training venues of the Games.

'We have been told by the Delhi government that (more) money will be released soon but till date we haven't received a single penny,' he added.

Admitting that this was the worst dengue outbreak in Delhi in five years, Monga feared the situation may worsen if the Delhi government did not release money.

As of Monday, the total number of dengue cases reached 5,140, with 77 new cases reported in the city. Dengue has killed eight people this year.

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