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Riverton fire update: Smoke effects still being felt

Published:Tuesday | March 17, 2015 | 3:16 PM

The effects of the smoke from the fire at the Riverton City dump are still being felt by students and staff at schools in Portmore.

Those schools along with others reopened this morning after being closed on Friday.

Checks by The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre revealed that all the schools in the municipality that were closed were opened.
However, some had reduced attendance.

Principal of the Portsmouth Primary Lennox Davis told our news centre that the school population is experiencing some level of discomfort.

Meanwhile, principal of the Portmore Community College, Corine Richards, says despite the problems with the smoke, the college was able to remain open.

However, she says most staff members are experiencing respiratory problems.

According to her the attendance is just about 50 per cent.

The authorities say the fire at the dump could be extinguished by the weekend.

The fire has been burning since last Wednesday.