Pulau Burung landfill fire: 10 schools within 10km of blaze ordered closed for three days


GEORGE TOWN: Ten schools positioned within a 10km radius of the Pulau Burung landfill on the mainland of Penang had been ordered to shut from Wednesday (Jan 19) to Friday (Jan 21) following a fireplace on the landfill that broke out final Wednesday (Jan 12).

Southern district schooling chief Mohamad Dziauddin Mat Saad mentioned the choice was made after a district catastrophe administration assembly on Monday (Jan 17).

“The assembly concluded that the Air Quality Index of the areas across the schools positioned within the 10km radius was at Acute Exposure Guidelines (AEGL) Level 3, which means the air high quality may have an effect on the well being and threaten the lives of residents,” he mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday (Jan 18).

He mentioned the choice was forwarded to state schooling director Abdul Rashid Abdul Samad, who then issued the order for the 10 schools to be closed from Jan 19 to 21.

The schools 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 schools have additionally been instructed to tell mother and father, canteen operators, bus operators and others in regards to the closure of the schools.

“We additionally instructed the schools to offer workers on Wednesday (Jan 19) morning in case there are college students who didn’t obtain the information of the college closures,” he mentioned.

He mentioned the district schooling workplace will announce any choice on the reopening of the 10 schools no later than this Saturday (Jan 22), primarily based on the selections and recommendation of the South Seberang Prai district catastrophe administration committee.

Mohamad Dziauddin mentioned that throughout the closure, college students will resume their studying via on-line lessons and the schools are required to tell lecturers and fogeys in regards to the on-line lessons.

It was reported that some 400 residents from 86 households residing close to the Pulau Burung landfill needed to be evacuated following the unhealthy Air Quality Index studying consequently of the fireplace that broke out on the landfill.

Meanwhile, state police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain has assured the residents who’ve been ordered to evacuate their houses to not fear in regards to the security of their neighborhood.

Comm Mohd Shuhaily mentioned police personnel on obligation together with the Motorcycle Patrol Unit (URB) in addition to the South Seberang Prai district Patrol Car Unit (MPV) will conduct common patrols within the affected areas.

“The police will conduct patrols within the affected areas and residents who’ve been instructed to maneuver to a short lived aid centre haven’t got to fret,” he mentioned in a put up on the Penang PDRM Facebook web page on Monday (Jan 17).

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

Present throughout the go to had been Fire and Rescue (*10*) Prai zone chief Nor Hairulddin Noraidin, who briefed Comm Mohd Shuhaily on the newest within the hearth incident.

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