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  • Firefighting efforts by the authorities continues at the Riverton Landfill in Kingston which has been burning since Wednesday afternoon.
  • The Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management (ODPEM) says an aerial view of the landfill was conducted today by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB), which confirmed that a significant portion of the landfill is on fire.
  • Twenty one (21) Fire fighters are currently involved in the operation assisted by Police and Military personnel.

Firefighting efforts by the authorities continues at the Riverton Landfill in Kingston which has been burning since Wednesday afternoon.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management (ODPEM) says an aerial view of the landfill was conducted today by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB), which confirmed that a significant portion of the landfill is on fire.

The ODPEM which is in charge of the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) which has been activated at level one (1) says it is working with its stakeholders and the private sector to help control the fire.

Twenty one (21) Fire fighters are currently involved in the operation assisted by Police and Military personnel.

However the ODPEM says there is still need for additional tractors and fire hoses.

Just about thirty nine (39) Tipper trucks are on site transporting cover material from a nearby Quarry and up to this afternoon over 239 loads have been transported.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller today received an update from the ODPEM and other agencies involved in the operation at the landfill.

The ODPEM says firefighting will continue throughout the night as the team works assiduously to get the situation under control.