Committee looks to address concerns that abandoned homes attract vermin and criminal activity
Bahrain is looking to set up a new committee to combat the issue of abandoned homes in the kingdom, according to a report by the Gulf Daily News (GDN).
There are around 500 homes listed as abandoned in Bahrain, according to the GDN report, and the new committee will address complaints by residents that the properties are an environmental and social concern as they attract rodents and insects and can be venues for criminal activity.
“Families living in neighbouring properties are concerned for the well-being and safety of their children… There are fears that the children could be lured by criminal elements with sweets and candies,” Bader Al Tamimi, chairman of the Southern Municipal Council, who has proposed the setting up of the new committee to address it the issue, was quoted as saying.
“The situation is alarming and there is public fear as the homes are full of rats and insects, are being misused, may cause a fire, and could see water and sewage over-flooding should services there become operational,” he added.