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| Last Updated::15/02/2016

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Impact assessment of dumping ground fire on Health


Impact assessment of dumping ground fire on Health: A Case Study in Mumbai

The city witnessed high levels of air pollutants during January end- February first week, 2016 due to fire in the Deonar Dumping ground in eastern suburb of Mumbai. Smog in many parts of the city and suburb was very much disturbing for all living beings. The Air Quality Index (AQI), which had been 341 on 29th Jan, 16, continued to be at the same level till Saturday afternoon. This is the worst level of pollution seen in the city in recent period. The worst suburb, out of the ten spots SAFAR took measurements at, was Malad where air quality was in the ‘severe’ category which is not even witnessed in the most pollution-prone suburbs of Delhi. (Indian Express, 29.01.16). The fire that had spread in pockets within the dumping ground reportedly consumed an area with a radius of 2 km ( TOI, 30.1.16). The weather recorded by the IMD has shown a slight increase in the minimum temperature to 18.2 degrees Celsius in Santacruz and 21.5 in Colaba. The increase in humidity due to the westerly winds over the Arabian Sea too was high and led to condensation and fog. A fire at Deonar dumping ground two days ago has led Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to shut down 74 schools run by it for two days, as the smoke from the ground veiled the area causing breathing difficulties (Hindustan Times, 30.1.16).

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