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Bahamas: Officials call for an end to dumping as fire burns at prohibited Snake Cay site

ABACO, BAHAMAS — The Disaster Reconstruction Authority (DRA) is advising residents of Abaco to report unauthorized dumping and foraging at Great Abaco Sanitary Landfill, located on Snake Cay Road, in the wake of a large fire that continues to burn at the site.

Thomasina Wilson, senior deputy director, Department of Environmental Health Services in collaboration with the DRA, noted that the Snake Cay site had been created in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian to be used as a temporary holding site for debris until the government could prepare a proper waste management site.

However, she added that the debris was never removed as “the necessary resources have not yet been put in place” and as a result, debris accumulated beyond the temporary site’s intended capacity as people kept dumping their waste even after the launch of the main debris management site in Spring City.

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