Flies, Flies!

Walvis Bay has become Namibia’s fly capital. Residents in recent weeks reported no less than fifty complaints at the municipality’s health department, citing the fly outbreak poses a hygiene risk to restaurant- and hotel kitchens, at schools, the hospitals and is also a subject of great frustration to residents in general.

It was understood this week that areas close to the sewerage water treatment plant are worst hit and includes Hermes. Reports to namib times by residents confirmed this, but suburbs in near the central business district and near the civic centre also reported to namib times their growing frustration with flies.
An official of the municipality of Walvis Bay was willing to put the fly-matter into perspective on condition of anonymity as he is not permitted to speak to the media. He pointed out that upgrading work at the sewerage treatment plant slowed down the process to treat sewage waste into semi-purified effluent. The build-up of raw sewerage at the plant caused the fly outbreak.

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