Landfill fire forces 400 to evacuate


GEORGE TOWN: Residents staying close to the Pulau Burung landfill are being relocated whereas 10 faculties have been ordered to shut for the following three days.

Some 400 residents from 86 households residing close to the landfill have been evacuated by the authorities following an unhealthy Air Quality Index studying on account of the fire that broke out on the landfill final Wednesday.

State police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain assured the residents who had been ordered to evacuate their houses since Sunday not to fear concerning the security of their neighbourhood.

Police personnel on responsibility, together with the Motorcycle Patrol Unit in addition to the south Seberang Prai district Patrol Car Unit, would conduct common patrols within the affected areas, he mentioned in a submit on the Penang PDRM Facebook web page on Monday.

Comm Mohd Shuhaily visited the landfill website on Monday, accompanied by south Seberang Prai OCPD Supt Lee Chong Chern and his deputy DSP Baeyah Abdul Wahab.

Present throughout the go to have been Fire and Rescue Department Prai zone chief Nor Hairulddin Noraidin, who briefed Comm Mohd Shuhaily on the fire.

Meanwhile, the Penang Education Department ordered 10 faculties, together with two secondary faculties, to be closed for 3 days starting at the moment, mentioned its director Abdul Rashid Abdul Samad.

“The next course of action will be made after we see developments,” he was quoted as saying by Bernama.

In a press release, southern district schooling chief Mohamad Dziauddin Mat Saad mentioned the choice on the closure was made after a district catastrophe administration assembly on Monday.

The faculties affected by the closure are SJK (T) Ladang Byram, SJK (C) Pai Teik, SMK Seri Nibong, SJK (T) Nibong Tebal, SK Seri Sentosa, SK Keledang Jaya, SJK (T) Ladang Changkat, SMK Methodist, SK Methodist and SK Nibong Tebal.

Mohamad Dziauddin mentioned the affected faculties had additionally been instructed to inform mother and father, canteen and bus operators, and others concerning the closure.

“We also instructed the schools to provide personnel on Wednesday morning in case there are students who did not receive news of the closure,” he added.

He mentioned the district schooling workplace would announce any resolution on the reopening of the ten faculties no later than this Saturday, primarily based on the choices and recommendation of the south Seberang Prai district catastrophe administration committee.

Mohamad Dziauddin mentioned throughout the closure, college students would resume their studying by way of on-line lessons and the faculties have been required to inform academics and fogeys of this.

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