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25th April, 2019

City Hall delays rat extermination

Budapest city council was to decide on Wednesday whether to order a special rat extermination procedure with immediate effect, referring to a grave public health hazard, Index reports.

But a vote was ultimately not held because three Fidesz committee members were absent and thus there was no pro-government majority. Opposition deputies did not support the proposal because of a procedure violating the structural and operational regulations of the city council and because of reasons of content.

According to Index, the public health department of the relevant capital government office reported last October that rats had multiplied to such an extent that it called for targeted extermination. The council tripled the funds earmarked for rat extermination in December, adding Ft 650 million to the budget.

However, none of those funds have been used so far, suggesting only basic measures are being taken even after reports of a rat invasion last autumn, the website added.

The situation is allegedly most urgent in the 1st, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 13th, 14th, 19th and 20th Districts. The proposal states that the national chief medical officer affirmed to the office that the extent of infestation “thoroughly exceeds” reasonable expectations.

Mayor István Tarlós said earlier that the number of rat reports had been curbed at a monthly high of 350, but the office announces no official figures.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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