It is learnt that assistances and suggestions of foreign experts will be obtained for effective and speedy dousing of Htein Bin Garbage Dump fire.
Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe said, “Since yesterday (27 April) the fire is being doused with 2,000 gallons of Bio Foam that were brought from Thailand. Initial requirement is 5,000 gallons. The remaining amount will be brought in later in the evening (28 April). Experts from Thailand had also arrived and their assistances and suggestions will be obtained to douse the fire.”
“The fire is not an ordinary fire on the surface. It is an underground fire caused by methane gas from the garbage. Smokes were coming out from the fire underneath. Bio Foam needs to be injected deep into the garbage dumb like an injection is being injected. The (underground) fire in Thailand back in 2014 was doused in this way. The fire at that time was similar in area to the fire here. It took more than seven days to douse the fire at that time. Experts that arrive here were involved in dousing that fire and they had experience about it. They will study the present fire with other experts who are also arriving and will suggest a solution(s)” added the Yangon mayor. Mr. Natthun Lanogthong, a high ranking fire department expert from Thailand who was involved in fighting the 2014 garbage dump fire in Bangkok, Thailand said, “I’m here because Myanmar asked for assistance. Myanmar and Thailand are good neighbors and this is why we are here too. At the moment we are still studying the ground situation. At this initial stage, there is a requirement for personal equipment.”
Although 90 per cent of the fire has been put out, fire underneath the garbage dump is still emitting smokes and efforts toward putting it out completely is being continued and the suggestions of the foreign experts will be used, it is learnt. As part of this work, a meeting was held at the command post near the fire yesterday afternoon for a speedy and effective elimination of the fire. The meeting was attended by Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe, officials from Yangon City Development Committee, high ranking officers from Fire Department, Tatmadaw and experts from Thailand.