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Dirty sewer water flowing in Marabella Market

By CECIL ASSON Monday, January 27 2014

TWO days after reporting an overflowing sewer at the Marabella Market, angry vendors yesterday told Newsday they are still waiting for the problem to be repaired.

At noon yesterday raw sewer water continued to overflow into an area which according to vendor Ria Khelawan is used by 20 farmers who ply their trade in that area. While some went home, others were forced to shift their stalls to avoid the flood which occurred because of the leaking system. She described the situation as a major health hazard. The leak was first spotted on Saturday morning.

The foul scent emanating from the sewer also left vendors including those selling in the nearby meat section of the market no choice but to cover their noses.

“We reported it to the authorities and they told us they were coming, but we are still waiting,” Khelawan told Newsday.

“The situation is not healthy and needs urgent attention. This is a market where people buy things to eat.”

Khelawan said most of the sewer systems on the compound are clogged.

Vendor Zalina Mohammed who had to move her stall out of the flooded area told Newsday when she arrived at the market at about 1.30 am she met the area already flooded.

“I couldn’t sell my fruits and had to move forward,” she said.

She said two hours later as more persons came to market and used the toilets, the situation grew worse.

“The thing smelling bad so much so that I can’t even eat. I can’t put anything in my mouth.”

Unsuspecting customers including young children were seen walking through the dirty water.

Newsday spoke with Senior Health Inspector John Ramkhelewan who said he was unaware of the situation.

“It wasn’t brought to my attention, but we are going to look into it immediately,” Ramkhewlan told Newsday.

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