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  • The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is reporting that as of today (March 18) at 12 noon, approximately 60 per cent of the burnt area at the Riverton Disposal Site has been covered.
  • The ODPEM says steady progress continues to the southern side of the site which is currently the primary source of the smoke affecting sections of Portmore, New Haven, and Duhaney Park.
  • The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) says workers on site have been traversing areas throughout the site and adding cover material to mounds created by the Jamaica Fire Brigade to minimize the release of smoke.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is reporting that as of today (March 18) at 12 noon, approximately 60 per cent of the burnt area at the Riverton Disposal Site has been covered.

The ODPEM says steady progress continues to the southern side of the site which is currently the primary source of the smoke affecting sections of Portmore, New Haven, and Duhaney Park.

According to the forecast from the Meteorological Service, wind conditions contributing to the spread of smog in those areas will remain into the night.

Given the absence of rainfall and humid conditions, the Met office further predicts that smoke may not lift quickly from the affected areas.

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) says workers on site have been traversing areas throughout the site and adding cover material to mounds created by the Jamaica Fire Brigade to minimize the release of smoke.

Fourteen firefighters, 12 Police personnel, nine Military personnel, seven D9/D10 Tractors, five Front end loaders, 40 tipper trucks and three Fire units are currently involved in the operation at the site.

In the meantime, the ODPEM notes that there have been reports of closure of some businesses and schools as a result of the smoke nuisance.

The Ministry of Health reports that more persons have turned up at the Duhaney Park Health Centre, and the Duhaney Park Primary has been complaining about respiratory problems affecting students and staff.

The Minister notes that it has therefore commenced an environmental and medical assessment.

All unauthorized persons are advised that they will not be permitted to enter the disposal site; however, the ODPEM says the facility is still functioning for routine use as the collection site is still operational.