Thu. Nov 21st, 2019

Lotus River Easter festivities marred by flow of human waste in the streets

human waste sewage lotus riverThe area’s ward councillor vowed to meet with the community on Tuesday.

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The Lotus River community’s Easter weekend was affected by the nauseating smell of raw human waste that pillaged the streets.

As reported by EWN, the community has called on the City of Cape Town to act promptly in addressing the sewage problem in the area.

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Residents of the low-to-middle-class suburb that is located on the southern periphery of Cape Town’s central district lambasted the City for ruining their Easter weekend festivities.

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Paul Phillips, the community leader, described, with disgust, how an event that was held in an open field wa affected by the intolerable smell of raw human waste.

Phillips was part of the communal event that took place on Saturday and Sunday, where hundreds of people were handed meals in commemoration of Easter.

The event could not take place on Easter Monday, however, Phillips attributed this to the raw sewage that flowed in the streets.

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“Children have to mind the sewage when playing. The community is frustrated. It’s a problem, a challenge and it hasn’t been addressed,” Phillips said.

Health risks posed by exposure to human waste

Although the area’s ward councillor vowed to meet with the community on Tuesday to resolve the issue, exposure to raw sewage poses a serious threat to one’s health.

According to the department of health, diseases such as diarrhoea, trachoma and the virus, hepatitis A, can be contracted if one is exposed to raw human waste.

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Insects such as flies and cockroaches that have been directly exposed to the sewage can help spread these diseases, placing the lives of children and adults, alike, in danger.

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