BENGALURU: The after-effects of the recent spell of heavy rain continue to haunt Bengalureans. Uprooted trees and fallen branches lying uncleared for many days are resulting in increased mosquito breeding and causing health hazards. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is on a clearance drive, but the work is in slow pace. Residents across the city complain that mosquito breeding has increased due to uncleared tree and leaf litter.BENGALURU: The after-effects of the recent spell of heavy rain continue to haunt Bengalureans. Uprooted trees and fallen branches lying uncleared for many days are resulting in increased mosquito breeding and causing health hazards. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is on a clearance drive, but the work is in slow pace. Residents across the city complain that mosquito breeding has increased due to uncleared tree and leaf litter. Pallavi Shanmugan, a resident of Rajarajeshwari Nagar, said colonies of mosquitoes near her home force her to keep the doors and windows shut always. “A huge rain tree fell in front of my house and it hasn’t been cleared for a week. Mosquitoes and other insects have made it their breeding spot. I’m not able to keep my doors open for more than five minutes,” she rued. Another resident of Isro Layout, Ravikumar P, said there are many branches of trees that have fallen inside a park near his house and have not been cleared out. “The branches have made it difficult for walkers to move around. Besides, there are mosquitoes and other small insects. One cannot even sit in the park peacefully for more than a few minutes before mosquitoes start biting. The BBMP must clean up this mess soon,” he said. Special commissioner (projects) Ravikumar Surpur said the BBMP forest cell has cleared more than 80% of fallen trees and branches and the remaining will be removed in a week. “Officials are working day and night to clear them,” he claimed. However, chief health officer Manoranjan Hedge said: “Mosquitoes breed only if there is stagnant water and not if a tree is fallen. If a drainage pipe is leaking near an area where a fallen tree lies, there are chances of mosquitoes breeding. But when leaves dry up, they become home for snakes, rodents and other small insects.” According to residents, unattended leaf litter turns wet waste, drawing mosquitoes, insects and rodents.