The fire at the Htein Bin garbage dump in Hlinethaya Township, Yangon Region is being extinguished by zones, and the Zone C fire designated to be put out yesterday was doused using mainly water, a Fire Services official said yesterday.
U Myat Thu, Deputy Director-General of the Fire Services Department, told Myanmar News Agency that the remaining fire in Zone D will be put out by 2 May.
“Yesterday we took out the biggest fire in Zone B. We mainly used Bio Foam in extinguishing that fire. It was very effective due to the close cooperation and participation of the Tatmadaw personnel. Today, as scheduled, we put out the fire in Zone C using mainly water. As it was linked to Zone D, fire in part of Zone D was also put out. That is why the area fo fire that we extinguished today is quite big. We will carry on until night to totally extinguish the fire in Zone C. We had to take more time today” U Myat Thu said.
“Tomorrow, we’ll complete Zone D. As we put out some parts of Zone D today, we’ll continue on the remaining parts tomorrow. If the fire in the remaining parts were more than our expectation, we’ll use Bio Foam. There’ll be two parts. First is to take out the fire in the target area and the next is to take out any small fires here and there.”
The fire at Hetin Bin garbage dump started on the afternoon of 20 April. More than 900 personnel including responsible officials, fire service department personnel, Tatmadaw, members of the Police Force and Yangon City Development Committee personnel participated in putting out the fire.
A Tatmadaw officer who participated in the firefighting said, “Every day since 24 April, 160 of our troops participated with the fire service department personnel. We participated not only in fighting the fire physically, but also provided material support like water bowser trucks, fire engines and water pumps. We also have a roving medical team treating smoke-affected public in Kyone Su village near the fire. A total of 362 patients, including seven sanghas and two nuns, were given medical treatment.”
A fire service department personnel from Kamayut Township fire station who participated in the firefighting said, “Today’s area is a bit bigger. However, the landscape was flat so it was not too difficult. We were at the front putting out the fire with hoses while Tatmadaw personnel supported us by helping in pulling and placing the hoses in position and providing other necessary assistances.”
U Zwe Yan Naing of ERSSDO said, “Our organisation has been assisting since the first day of the fire with trucks carrying water and ambulances. We also provided drinking water, tonic drinks and food to those fighting the fire and those who are helping them in the best we possibly can. Today, we donated 150 dinner parcels and 50 packs of drinking water. We’ll continue doing this in the following days, too.” Ko Hla Myint, who lives near the fire, said, “Smoke is still coming out. But it is not damaging to the surrounding area. Due to the direction of the wind, smoke was mostly drifting toward Kyone Su village in the evening. But the emission of smoke was reduced, and it is not as bad as the time when the smell was very bad.” The fire is now being put out mainly by water. Bio Foam is being used only in areas where it is required. — Zaw Gyi