Disease outbreak looming over Kathmandu with piling garbage
KATHMANDU: Various road intersections in the capital city have started reeking of garbage which has increased the chances of disease outbreak, as Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) finds itself struggling to manage the piling garbage on streets.
Piles of garbage can be seen at Balkhu, Kuleshwar, Kalimati, Kalanki, Tankeshwar, Tripureshwar, Baneshwar, Shantinagar, Bagbazaar, among other places as they have not been removed for two weeks.
Pedestrians passing these places, street vendors and businessmen who own stores nearby have been bearing the brunt of the foul smell emanating from festering garbage.
Doctors have warned of outbreak of diseases like cholera, typhoid and respiratory ailments if the solid waste was not immediately managed.
KMC has not been able to manage the waste as the road leading to the dumping site at Sisdole remains obstructed due to flooding following heavy rains.
KMC Mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya has said efforts are on to manage the garbage that have piled on the streets as early as possible. He also urged the city denizens not to haphazardly dispose of wastes generated from their homes out onto the street.
Around 500 metric tonnes of solid waste is generated per day in Kathmandu alone at present.