A week after a massive fire broke out at the Deonar dumping ground residents from the area continue to complain of breathlessness, cough, throat and eye irritation.
The children are the worst affected, with many of them missing school as many of them have developed respiratory troubles owing to the heightened pollution levels.
Unable to cope up with her son’s breathing troubles, Gunjal Chattree, a resident of Chembur, is planning to move to Bangalore with her family for a few days.
“My elder child, who is in Class 3, has been feeling nauseous every morning for the past four days owing to heavy smog. He has a bad cough and has missed school,” she said.
Vikram Vishwanath, a resident of Deonar, stopped sending his six-year old son to school from Friday because of the relentless smoke in his area.
“My six-year old has been having a lot of trouble breathing since the fire broke out at the dumping ground. We took him to an ENT specialist and he is on medication,” he said.
Meanwhile, schools in the vicinity of the smoldering dump, like RBK International, have suspended all outdoor activities and have instructed parents to send children to school with pollution masks.
Doctors practicing in areas surrounding dumping ground said that they are seeing an increase in number of patients with respiratory problems in the past week.
Dr Satish Kaushik, consultant family physician practicing in Gowandi, said, “In the past three days, I have seen close to 50% increase in the number cases related to respiratory problems. People are complaining of cough, cold headaches and chest burn,” he said.