Mumbai: Fresh fire breaks out at Deonar dumping ground

Merely a month after a major fire broke out in Deonar dumping ground, the Mankhurd, Chembur and Govandi belt was covered with thick smoke yet again after another blaze occurred. As many as ten fire engines and tankers have been trying to douse the fire that started on Saturday evening.

Also read: Blaze continues at Deonar dumping ground

Only a month ago, the vicinity was hassled due to a week long fire at the Deonar dumping ground and smoke eruption from the area. Pic/Sameer Markande
Only a month ago, the vicinity was hassled due to a week long fire at the Deonar dumping ground and smoke eruption from the area. Pic/Sameer Markande

Monday's fire has also sent the Air Quality Index of the city plunging down. System of Air quality-weather Forcasting and Research (SAFAR)'s AQI for Monday morning was 229 for Mumbai city and 269 for Chembur suburb, both being in the poor category. It was noted that sensitive people may suffer health issues although the public at large won't be affected severely.

On the other hand, fire officials confirmed that the flames spread further on Sunday evening making it difficult for them to douse them. Due to thick smoke, all the government-run schools in the Govandi and Deonar vicinity have been given leave. Fire officials confirmed that the fire was most likely caused due to methane gas.

Residents in the other hand have taken to social media to express their outrage. Most of them, who have been facing issues due to the smoke blamed the civic body for not coming up with a concrete solution even after two major fires have taken place in a matter of 60 days.

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