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  • Shaiber Raichur

After days of firefighting, the blaze at the Brahmapuram waste plant in Kochi completely doused off

Firefighters finally extinguished the fire at the Brahmapuram solid waste treatment plant in Kochi, Kerala, on the evening of March 13, 12 days after the landfill caught fire on the night of March 2.

On March 2, a fire broke out at the Brahmapuram waste treatment plant in Kochi. After the incident, more than 5,000 liters of water were sprayed that day on the 110-hectare active fire area in an attempt to put out the fire. More than 30 firefighters and a fleet of helicopters were on the scene, battling thick smoke engulfing the solid waste treatment plant. The fire was extinguished the following day, but the area remained smoky for over a week.

Residents were advised to stay indoors and use N-95 masks when going outside. Local authorities had announced the closure of schools for young children.

However, the Air Quality Index (AQI), which had exceeded 300 earlier, had crossed the 220 mark by the morning of March 13.

Many household committees in the city said that a large number of people had returned to their hometowns for refuge. Toxic gas.

As a concern regarding respiratory problems the government had asked all hospitals to give top priority to the people having respiratory issues.

According to health experts, toxic air containing high levels of dioxins, furans and other chemicals is as dangerous as the air created by nuclear waste. Several pharmacies said they saw much higher demand for inhalers, oximeters and medicines for respiratory infections.

Amid the toxic air quality, IT companies in the city also made arrangements for employees to work from home. There are 280 IT companies in the park, employing over 60,000 people. As the situation worsened, working offline at Info Park was no longer possible.

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