According to a report released by the south civic body on Monday, around twenty-five cases of dengue have been reported in Delhi till May 22 this year which is the highest in the month of January-May period since 2013. The report noted, eight cases of malaria and four of chikungunya were also registered during the same period.
Usually, the cases of vector-borne diseases are reported in Delhi between July and November and this time may extent till mid-December. However, according to the report released by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), the nodal agency for tabulating data on vector-borne diseases for the national capital, 25 cases of dengue have been recorded till May 22 this year.
While in January no cases of dengue were recorded, two cases were recorded in February, five in March, 10 in April and eight in May, it said. It added, no deaths have been reported in the city due to dengue so far this year.
The report stated, between January 1 and May 22 in 2016, 10 dengue cases were recorded, along with 19 cases in 2017,15 in 2018 and 18 in 2020. Seven dengue cases were recorded between January 1 and May 26 in 2013, three in 2014, nine in 2015, eight in 2016, 19 in 2017 and 15 in 2018, it said.
According to the report, Delhi has also recorded eight cases of malaria and four of chikungunya till May 22 this year. Dengue mosquito larvae breed in clear standing water, while those of malaria thrive even in dirty water.
Delhi received a record 119.3 mm of rainfall under the impact of cyclonic storm Tauktae and a western disturbance in the 24 hours ending at 8:30 am on May 20, according to the India Meteorological Department. This was double the previous record rainfall of 60 mm on May 24 in 1976.