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No timeline from authorities on bringing Riverton landfill fire under control

Published:Sunday | March 15, 2015 | 3:53 PM
An overhead shot of plumes of smoke billowing from the Riverton City landfill.

The authorities are still unable to give a timeline on when the fire at the Riverton City landfill in St Andrew will be brought under control, five days after fire broke out at the facility.

Up to news time The Gleaner-Power 106 News understands that emergency personnel and communication specialists were meeting at the Office of the Prime Minister at Jamaica House in St Andrew to determine a further response to the situation.

The Corporate Area, particularly communities in the vicinity of the Riverton City landfill and parts of St Catherine remain hazy from smoke caused by the fire which started on Wednesday.

The poor air quality brought a halt to activities in the capital last week, as businesses, schools and other services were forced to close down early. The smoke also resulted in an influx at hospitals and health centres, as patients with respiratory problems sought relief.

In a release late yesterday, the Jamaica Information Service said 21 fire fighters were involved in the 24-hour operation assisted by police and military personnel. However, there was still need for additional tractors and fire hoses.

About 39 tipper trucks were on site transporting cover material from a nearby quarry. More than 239 loads had been transported.

A number of health centres in the Corporate Area and parts of St Catherine remain open today, as they extend hours to treat persons affected by the smoke.

The facilities include Maxfield Park, Glen Vincent and Edna Manley health centres in St Andrew and the St Jago Park Health Centre in St Catherine.