Heat emissions from Htein Bin garbage dump under surveillance

Firefighters survey a zone in Htein Bin garbage dump for heat and gas emissions.  Photo: Pe Zaw
Firefighters survey a zone in Htein Bin garbage dump for heat and gas emissions.  Photo: Pe Zaw

The fire burning in Htein Bin garbage dump in Hlinethaya has been successfully extinguished however the site is still under surveillance due to the heat emissions from the bottom of the dump.
Yesterday was the fourth day of surveillance and further containment procedures.
U Myint Oo, Head of Yangon Region’s Northern District Fire service Department, said that they survey the area for heat emissions and then uncover the area with shovels and spray it with water or foam. “It’s a large area but there is no need for alarm, ‘‘said U Myint Oo.” There’s no reason for another fire to happen. It’s just because of the heat and gas emissions that we are still surveying the area. I think it will be over in the next two days.’’
Dr. Aung Myint Maw, Deputy Head of the Environmental Conservation and Cleaning Department of the YCDC, said that they will tackle one zone per day to end all gas and heat emissions and today they will be starting with zone A of the garbage dump.
The Htein Bin garbage dump fire started burning on of 21 April and ended twelve days later on 2 May. A total force of 900 personnel from the fire department, Tatmadaw Men, police force, the red cross, YCDC, and the irrigation department helped in putting out the fire. The garbage dump was divided into four zones and authorities handed one zone a day starting on 29 April and eventually extinguished the fire.
Now a team of 100 personnel have been left at the garbage dump to monitor the situation and extinguish remaining heat emissions.—Zaw Gyi

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