Rubber ducks in quad by KSU to highlight drainage problems

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KSU decided to place 2 rubber ducks on quadrangle to show their frustration towards the fact that the area turns into a pond whenever it rains heavily. The subway connecting Swatar to the University of Malta via skatepark also floods every time it rains, blocking the only safe path available to the University from Swatar.

Subway connecting Swatar to University of Malta via skatepark after heavy rainfall

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Subway connecting Swatar to University of Malta via skatepark after heavy rainfall

The quadrangle does not have a basic water drainage system, hence it floods whenever it the area is affected by heavy rainfall, making it almost impossible for students to get from students’ house to the library without soaking their feet in rain water. Flooding in the subway means that pedestrians are forced to risk their lives and cross Birkirkara bypass amidst the heavy traffic created by heavy rainfall on Maltese roads. KSU is currently pressing the authorities to resolve these issues urgently, as any form of action on both have been long overdue.

Rubber ducks placed in subway subway connecting Swatar to University of Malta via skatepark

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Rubber ducks placed in subway subway connecting Swatar to University of Malta via skatepark

Heavy rainfall does not only affect quadrangle and the subway. Several areas on campus flood in heavy rain. This was clearly seen in the past two days of Freshers’ Week. The area in front of the library, where a good number of organisations’ stands were set, was also flooded. Up to two inches of water covered the area in front of certain stands, making it impossible for students to see what the organisations on those stands were offering. Water had to be squeezed into a French drain by students, as the water drainage system present in the area does not cater for heavy rainfall.

Inches of water covering the area in front of student organisations' stands

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Inches of water covering the area in front of student organisations' stands

The lack of action taken by authorities regarding this issue meant that students’ efforts went down the drain much more efficiently than did rain water.

Written by

Michela Cutajar

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