Residents living near the SRJK (C) Chung Hwa in Likas near here no longer have to worry about flooding and stench caused by a drain there. This is because the drain has been cleared and upgraded following numerous complaints by the residents. “Six months ago the drain was overgrown with grass and clogged up,” the Residents Committee chairman, Tay Chung Yu, said. He added that the clogged drain became a breeding ground for mosquitoes causing fear of dengue fever among the residents and pupils at the school. “We have been asking for the drain to be upgraded for a long time but it was never approved. This was a cause of concern for us as it was a matter of health of the residents and pupils here,” he said. Their request was finally answered after Mayor Datuk Iliyas Ibrahim and Api-Api Assemblyman Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai visited their area six months ago. Yee who inspected the drain upgrading project yesterday, said part of the allocation for the upgrading work came from his Member of Parliament fund. “The upgrading of the drain hopefully will reduce incidents of dengue fever caused by mosquitoes which were breeding in the drain and the local residents and students at the school don’t have to worry anymore,” he said. Also present were the Mayor, Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the Kota Kinabalu Parliamentary seat Chin Teck Ming, and resident committee Datuk Nancy Ho.