The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) has been continually monitoring the Htein Bin garbage dump and is also working to reduce the methane gas inside, said Deputy In-charge Dr. Aung Myint Maw of the Environmental Conservation and Cleaning Department.
“The fire has been extinguished but the garbage dump still emits methane gas, so we are monitoring it daily. The fire burned 150 acres of the landfill, and the methane is trapped there. So, we are digging pathways through the garbage that will divide the 150 acres into 50-acre cubes and release the methane inside,” said Dr. Aung Myint Maw. He said the YCDC was working on the first 50 acres where the fire occurred.
The task will require 100 YCDC staff and machinery to pave concrete or gravel roads and dirt roads to transport garbage.
The canals surrounding the dump have been built to accumulate rainwater, and the same will be done for other garbage dumps so as to prevent future fires.
The Htein Bin garbage dump is currently being monitored daily by 10 firefighters and 40 YCDC staff with four fire engines.
The Htein Bin fire broke out on 21 April and was successfully extinguished 12 days later on 2 May, with the combined strength of firefighters (including reserves), YCDC staff, staff from the Department of Irrigation and Water Utilisation Management, military officers, police officers, and Myanmar Red Cross members. Authorities divided the burning area into four zones (A, B, C, D) on 29 April and extinguished one zone per day.