The clean up process has started on the filthy canal at Halls Road, St Michael which residents had contended was a health threat.
On Tuesday, Barbados TODAY reported that the canal was congested with overgrown grass, foul water and garbage, and residents thought it was a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Shopkeeper John Eversley described swarms of mosquitoes rising from the canal from around 6 p.m. every evening and leading a relentless attack on residents who were forced to rush to shut their windows and doors.
“Everybody complaining about these mosquitoes. A certain time of the night people don’t want to come out dem house to come to the shop because dem frighten [of] the mosquitoes,” Eversley said then.
Resident Leroy Murrell also told Barbados TODAY at the time he had never seen the canal in such an “ugly” state and pleaded with the authorities to do something about it before Zika overruns the community.
“It is a very ugly site. They need to do something about this though because just now a lot of people will end up with this Zika thing.”
Since the publication of the story, workmen have been at the sight debushing and clearing the area of the garbage. (AH)