About 80 per cent of the garbage fire in the western outskirts of Yangon has been put under control, and authorities decided yesterday to use bio-foam, a fire suppression agent, to control the smoke from the fire, officials said.
The fires started at a garbage dump in Hlinethaya on the afternoon of 21 April and burned for five days, causing health hazards in nearby areas due to the smoke and carbon monoxide emitted by the fire.
“Today, we put the fire under control and it cannot spread to other areas, and about 80 per cent of the fire is under control after we put out the fire on a two-acre area of the garbage dump. But, to control the smoke, we decided to use bio-foam,” said Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, following the meeting at the Yangon Region Government yesterday.
The regional government has made arrangements for obtaining 1,800 gallons of bio-foam from Thailand within 36 hours.
Five clinics has been set up nearby villagers to provide healthcare to the people and about 60 ambulances are also being used to send patients to the hospital when necessary.
So far, about 13 patients have been sent to the hospital for emergency treatment.
The Ministry of Health and Sports has alerted the people to take precautions against the poisonous carbon monoxide, urging them to seek help from local authorities to escape from dense smoke where necessary.
About 800 firefighters and volunteers from the fire brigade, Yangon City Development Committee and Yangon Region Command continue to fight the fire amidst the poisonous smoke.
Htin Paw Win (Kamayut)