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Pomona fire rages on

By Munyaradzi Doma / Published on Tuesday, 08 Nov 2016 17:35 PM / No Comments / 1434 views

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8 November 2016

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The fire that broke out on Sunday at Harare City Council’s Pomona Landfill has continued to rage on, posing serious health hazards for residents of nearby suburbs.

From Pomona, thick clouds of smoke can be seen reaching as far as Marlborough, Mount Pleasant, Westgate and even parts of Avondale.

When this reporter visited the site yesterday, motorists were being asked to switch on their fog lights by soldiers from Pomona Barracks as visibility was highly reduced.

The thick cloud of smoke gets thicker as you get to the landfill as one can barely see beyond a few metres.

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“Normally landfill material we cover it with gravel and we compact it but underground there is material which decomposes and when it decomposes, the byproduct is methane gas which is highly flammable, it ignites and we have sporadic fires. This is caused by the high temperatures which we are experiencing.

“Currently as council there is no capacity to trap the gas and also the gas is so excessive such that we then have the surface materials also burning because it is the municipal solid waste.

“Currently we are getting assistance from the fire brigade and we having earth moving equipment, front end loader and excavators as we are dumping gravel so that we try to control the fire by suffocating it so that it does not get oxygen,” said a source on site.

Acting Harare City Council Corporate Communications Manager said that as council they were trying all they can to deal with the fire as he concurred that it’s also a serious health risk for residents.