Residents of a village in the Swansea Valley hit by landslides will attend a public meeting this evening over fears they could be hit again. Ystalyfera was hit at the end of 2012 and people were evacuated from their homes.
A stability report commissioned by Neath Port Talbot County Council suggests the area remains at risk and properties in the villages of Pant Teg and Godre'r Graig are now in a high risk category landslide area.
Many residents fear their properties are now worthless if they are unable to sell them.
Residents are now concerned over coal mining plans for the area and fear if given the go ahead it could cause a major landslide in view of the volatile conditions. Residents say they fear another tragedy like Aberfan.
Two lanes are blocked and there's very slow traffic after three accidents on the M4 Westbound between J41 A48 / B4286 (Baglan/Pentyla) and J42 A48 (Earlswood Roundabout/Fabian Way).There's congestion to J37 A4229 (Pyle).
There have been measles cases reported at two primary schools, a further education college, and a nursery - in addition to cases at Cwmtawe School in Pontardawe.
We now have cases not only in Cwmtawe School but also in two primary schools, a further education college and a nursery – and in all of these places there are unvaccinated children and young people who could easily catch and spread measles.
Parents who have decided not to vaccinate their children are not only risking their children’s health, but are putting other children at risk, children either too young to be vaccinated or with medical conditions that prevent them from being vaccinated.
We are very frustrated to see more cases of measles in the area so soon after the large outbreak earlier this year and we are very keen for this to be stopped before it can get any bigger and we return to a position where children are admitted to hospital or die or are damaged by the disease.
The only way to achieve that is through vaccination and I urge parents whose children have not received two doses of MMR to ensure that they speak to their GP immediately to arrange this quick, safe and effective vaccine.
– Dr Jörg Hoffmann, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health Wales
Public Health Wales says it wants to remind parents that children need two doses of MMR for the maximum 99 per cent protection against measles.
The virus is very contagious, can cause serious complications and even be fatal.
The symptoms of measles include: fever, fatigue, runny nose, conjunctivitis, a distinctive red rash.
Public Health Wales is urging anyone who thinks they or their children has the symptoms should contact their GP or NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47.