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Myanmar, Excessive Heat caused Major Fire in Yangon Dump Site

16:52 Apr 24 2018 Yangon

Myanmar, Excessive Heat caused Major Fire in Yangon Dump Site
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Excessive heat across Yangon from 21 April 2018 has caused major fire in Yangon Dump Site of Htein Pin, in Hlain Tharyar township.

The smoke released from the fire covered 20 townships across Yangon, directly threatening an estimate of 796,852 people. Around 60 people have been reporting health issues. AHA Centre analyzed a fire anomaly suggesting a heat zone of around 4x3 km around the dump site and confirming heat source that still release smoke for days to come.

ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT), at the request of Government of Myanmar, have been dispatch from 28 April 2018 to support in assessing the situation, fire fighting strategy and mitigate impact to public health.

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