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* Japanese technical team warns of build-up methane gas in the Meethotamulla garbage dump
Fri, Apr 21, 2017, 11:14 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 21, Colombo: The Japanese special technical team of experts who arrived in the country yesterday to inspect Sri Lanka's collapsed garbage dump in the capital Colombo, has warned of methane gas building up to dangerous levels in the landfill.

The technical team said the percentage of methane gas has increased 960 times in the place where the garbage dump was collapsed.

The team engaged in inspections for the second day today. They initially inspected the area above the garbage dump to find out whether there was further risk of landslide. Photographs were taken from the air covering all areas of the garbage dump.

The technical team measured the methane gas in the area and confirmed that the methane is present in the area at about 16 percent.

Meanwhile, the Army was engaged in constructing layers of soil and cleaning of blocked streams was expedited. More than 1,100 army personnel are participating in these operations.

Assessment officers of the Disaster Management Ministry were also engaged in taking measurements today.


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