Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is mobilizing staff and equipment to extinguish a second fire at Samut Prakan landfill.
Police Colonel Pichai Kriangwattanasiri, the Director of the Bangkok Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, said the fire was in the center of a landfill which is the same spot as before. Today at 11:00 a.m., Police General Assawin Khanmuang, the Deputy Governor of Bangkok, and executive officers and officers from the Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation visited the site to assess the situation. If local authorities are unable to control the fire, the Bangkok Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation is ready to provide staff, fire trucks and water trucks for help as needed.
The first fire devastated a wide area of the landfill which resulted in the increase of sickness among the nearby residents. The disposal site is often used by BMA as there are not many landfills in Bangkok city itself. Neglect of sanitation and unacceptable environmental standards are common as Bangkok’s city hall expects the local authority in Samut Prakan to manage the overloaded wastes.