NASA has issued satellite images of Mumbai enveloped in smog after a fire at the Deonar dumping ground. The images show how the smoke from the fire has covered the entire city spreading deeper into the Arabian Sea and coastal areas of Maharashtra.
Government schools in central Mumbai’s Shivaji Nagar and Deonar were closed for over two days due to thick smog caused by a fire.
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The fire at dumping ground, that broke pout on Friday, led Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to shut down 74 schools run by it, as the smoke from the ground veiled the area causing breathing difficulties.
Located in eastern Mumbai, the Deonar dumping ground is spread across 326 acres, with trash mountains as a high 30 metres, the equivalent of a nine-story building. It is the biggest of the city’s three dumping grounds, and receives 5,500 metric tonnes of waste every day.