Fire at Riverton disposal site under control; Health Ministry warns persons not to inhale smoke emanating from the fire

Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) Audley Gordon says the fire at the Riverton disposal site in St. Andrew is under control.

Mr. Gordon says there has been significant reduction in smoke since this morning as the agency in collaboration with the fire brigade has implemented measures to control the blaze and reduce the smoke.

The NSWMA says it was notified that a fire broke out at the facility shortly after midday yesterday.

Speaking with IRIE FM News this morning, Mr. Gordon noted that the effort to control the smoke is being impacted by heavy winds.

Meantime, operations at Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL) have been suspended, due to poor air quality, caused by smoke from the fire at the Riverton dump.

In a statement this morning, KWL said, the fire continues to produce smoke, which is affecting Newport West.

KWL said, in the interest of its team and customers, it has suspended temporarily all vessel and gate operations at its terminal, services at all warehouses, and motor vehicle operations at its global auto logistics centre, at Tinson Pen.

Kingston Wharves said, that considering these developments, persons should avoid attending the facility, until noon, when the situation will be re-assessed.

And persons in the corporate area are being urged not to inhale smoke, emanating from the fire at the Riverton dump.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-Mckenzie says smoke from the dump fire may cause several health issues, and as such people should protect themselves.


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