Indian Navy attempts to extinguish fire from chopper, may seek help of Air Force too

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Dr Renu Raj, Fire broke out at Brahmapuram plant | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Kochi: Ernakulam district collector Dr Renu Raj asserted that the support of Indian Air Force will be sought if the fire and smoke rising from the Brahmapuram solid treatment plant does not subside by noon. A discussion was carried out with the Air Force with the support of Kerala State Disaster Management Authority.

Meanwhile, attempts to put out the fire and clear out the smoke have been progressing by sprinkling water from a helicopter. The efforts to extinguish the fire with helicopter are proceeding under the Indian Navy which arrived at the spot on the request made by the corporation. The Navy may deploy more helicopters to put out the fire that has been engulfing the area for the past 48 hours.

Water from the tankers’ association has been brought to the Brahmapuram plant through the RTO. More Fire and Rescue officers are also deployed under the supervision of regional fire officers here. Though the intensity decreased, massive smoke clouds are emitted from the waste plant.

The smoke clouds have enveloped nearly 10 kilometres of the area around the Brahmapuram plant, spreading to major part of Kochi.

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