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BAHAMAS | Government orders evacuation as major fire hit landfill

Featured Smoke billows from the fire at the city dump on Sunday afternoon. Photo| Shawn Hanna Smoke billows from the fire at the city dump on Sunday afternoon. Photo| Shawn Hanna
NASSAU, Bahamas, Mar 6, CMC – Police have ordered the evacuation of people living close to the public landfill after fires believed to have been set deliberately send smoke billowing across the Jubilee Gardens area.

“The number one priority is to ensure that everyone is safe. I am confident that the Emergency Services are doing whatever is required to make certain that no-one comes to harm. We have already made every resource available to limit the damage to property, and to minimize environmental harm,” said Prime Minister late on Sunday night.

dump fireThe police issued the evacuation order and urged residents to leave the area immediately and take all necessary precautions to ensure their personal safety.

The authorities said that the residents would be housed at the Kendal G. L. Isaacs Gymnasium at Oakes Field and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has activated its Emergency Management Plan and all available resources have been mobilized.

The authorities said that while it is too early to be certain, it appears that a number of fires were started in the area and because of the high winds currently being experienced on New Providence, at least one of those fires blew across the boundary and ignited the Public Landfill.

Prime Minister Christi, who visited the scene along with the heads of the key emergency services, said the government will reach out to international partners for assistance, if and when the situation warrants it.

Last modified onMonday, 06 March 2017 08:41
  • Countries: Bahamas

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