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More mosquitoes found breeding; NEA steps up checks on construction sites

Published on May 23, 2014 6:34 PM
 
Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Grace Fu (in orange) checks out a possible stagnant water area at the future swimming pool of The Luxurie at Compassvale (Sengkang) construction site. She was there to observe the housekeeping regime at the construction site to prevent mosquito breeding. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

SINGAPORE - Mosquito breeding is on the rise ahead of the traditional peak season for dengue between June and October, Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Grace Fu said on Friday.

In response, the National Environment Agency (NEA) has stepped up checks on construction sites and warned of stiffer penalties for contractors should their work sites be located within an active dengue cluster.

Errant contractors may be given longer Stop Work Orders or prosecuted in court.

The NEA has inspected 7,700 work sites this year, as of last month - an 80 per cent rise on the same period last year.

 
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