Mumbai: The fire in the Deonar dumping ground in Mumbai was finally bought under 'control' on Sunday, January 31, but not before near-toxic fumes choked off Eastern and Central Mumbai. Some 74 schools were closed. There was a point on Saturday where people said it was difficult to walk the streets or to simply breathe.
While all of this may perhaps sound like an over-reaction, luckily NASA is around to show us exactly how vast that smoke-storm was. As one can see from the picture above, the gigantic plume basically blanketed most of the city in an unmoving tower. SAFAR stated that weather conditions, including a concentration of moisture in the air and a lack of wind, led to suspension of pollutants in the air.
NASA sensors first detected signs of the fire last week. The above true color image was captured by the Landsat 8.
The Deonar dumping ground covers 326 acres near Thane Creek. It receives 3,700 tons of garbage per day, about one-third of Mumbai's waste. The fire began on Thursday, January 28. No one is sure how it began, although the police have accused the local rag pickers of starting it.
Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory