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Long-burning trash fires pollute two communities

Fire in a 35-rai municipality dumpster in Beung Kan's Muang district is affecting people over a 10-kilometre radius, spreading foul smells and debris, an eyewitness reported yesterday.

The fire had been burning for five days, said Army recruiter Col Thawatchai Panyawik whose house is only 500 metres from the dumpster. Other affected residents live 5kms away.

Thawatchai said tambon Beung Kan Municipality officials had tried unsuccessfully to put out the blaze by spraying water on the garbage which has been piling up for three years.

Thawatchai said he had developed respiratory problems from the pollution and called for officials to get the situation under control.

In another fire, Rassada School students, teachers and nearby residents in tambon Klong Pang in Trang’s Rassada district yesterday complained of fires in hundreds of tonnes of garbage in a 5-rai plot 200 metres from the school.

Deputy school director Sutham Tipparat said the school had presented several petitions to the tambon Klong Pang about the dumpster’s pollution and smell. However authorities said they couldn’t do anything because of the overwhelming amount of trash. They were seeking a new location for the dumpster.

Sutham urged the authority to dispose of the garbage by other means such as removing it, rather than by fire.

Resident Rattana Wannasopon said the drought made the situation worse because the dumpster would catch fire often. She had put up with this problem for two years.


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