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Many schools closed in Jamaica's capital due to dump fire

In Jamaica's capital, dozens of schools remain closed due to smoke coiling from burning dump

Many schools closed in Jamaica's capital due to dump fire

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- A number of schools have been forced to remain closed in Jamaica's capital about five days after a fire engulfed more than half of a sprawling trash dump.

Jamaica's education ministry called for some 50 schools to remain closed Monday due to the spread of noxious smoke billowing out the Riverton City dump.

Kingston schools that remained open shut their windows and doors to try and prevent the smoke from getting inside as plumes shifted direction on a breezy day.

Jamaica's Cabinet was expected to announce whether it would postpone high school entrance exams scheduled for later in the week.

Health officials say the smoke caused more than 640 people to seek treatment between Friday and midday Sunday.

For days, authorities have said they had the dump fire contained.


Updated : 2021-09-25 18:32 GMT+08:00