MALAYSIA - City Hall has estimated that there are 6.8 million rats in Kuala Lumpur, which is four times the city's population, reported Sinar Harian.
Despite the RM1 (S$0.40) or RM2 reward given by City Hall for every rat caught, the number is still huge due to the failure of clean-up efforts in certain areas.
This was compounded by the presence of illegal traders in areas with no garbage collection by existing concessionaires.
Because of the high rat population, 2,925 cases of leptospirosis have been reported in the country since August 28, resulting in 28 deaths, said the Health Ministry.
City Hall Health and Environment Department director Dr Hayati Abdullah said that more than 30,000 rats had been killed between January and August with the collaboration between the local community and hawkers via traps and poison.
They did this by putting traps and poison in strategic locations.