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Merida, Yucatan — The first massive descacharrización of 2020 begins in the Centro 8 a.m. Saturday, the state Ministry of Health announced.

The clean-up effort rounds up unused pots, planters and other items that could hold water, creating a breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitos. The public is asked to bring them to the curb on Saturday in the south and Sunday in the north of the city.

Avenida Jacinto Canek and Calle 59 is the north-south dividing line.

Cases of dengue are up, and storm winds have blown a variety of mosquito species from wetlands into the city.

Rainy season has also begun, and lasts until early October, which sets off mosquito activity. Storm Cristobal dumped 40% of Yucatan’s yearly rainfall in one week.

The descacharrización will reach 230,720 homes in 278 neighborhoods — including the Centro — covering a total of 11,536 hectares. Pickup hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Neighborhoods to the north should be prepared Sunday. Full schedule below: