Kpone, Aug 16, GNA - The Kpone landfill is
being consumed by an inferno which smoke is engulfing nearby communities and
The entire Kpone Kokompe, Sethi Reality
Estate, Kpone Affordable Housing, P.S. Global and other parts of Tema Community
26 are covered in white thick smoke from the burning landfill site.
The area houses fuel stations, industries
including the Senteo Ceramic Company, garages, farms as well as tanker yards.
Drivers had a hectic time driving through
the thick smoke on the road that link Kpone to the Tema-Aflao highway as they
tried avoiding head-on collusions.
The Kpone landfill site which was
constructed to replace an old one, was supposed to have four cells with toxic
fluid system biogas and manure processing system but had been turned into a
normal dumping ground with mountainous heaps of garbage.
The site, which was opened in 2012 to handle
over 1,200 metric tonnes of waste daily from Tema and other parts of the
Greater Accra Region, had been overstretched in both capacity and lifespan.
Residents of the Kpone-Katamanso
Municipality had complained about the poignant odour emanating the site as its
leachate often leaked into nearby communities.
Mr Derick Tata Anku, Tema Metropolitan Waste
Management Officer, told the Ghana News Agency that he was informed by the
supervisor on site about the fire Friday morning.
Mr Anku added that they immediately
mobilized and went to scene with fire officers but realized that the situation
was becoming worse due to the combustible materials and possible gasses from
He said the cause of the fire was not known
adding that “it is so serious, we are still trying to put off the fire”
He described the situation as unfortunate
and a health hazard but appealed to residents to bear with them while they did
their best to bring the situation under control.
Mr Frank Asante, Public Relations Officer of
the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), which manages the landfill site, said
they suspected a garbage truck might have dumped fire coals unknowingly at the
site which might have sparked the fire.
Mr Asante however gave the assurance that
they were working assiduously to control it while fire tenders had been
positioned at vantage places in the area to avoid a disaster in the vicinity.
According to him, they were in talks with
the Motor, Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) to direct flow of traffic to
prevent accidents as visibility had reduced drastically due to the hovering
He appealed to businesses in the area to
observe close safety measures on their premises while urging drivers using the
stretch from the Kpone-barrier Calypsso area towards Kpone to drive cautiously.
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