Fire in Ghazipur: choking on a burning landfill in Delhi

For several days, dozens of firefighters in the Indian capital tried to put out a fire at one of the country’s largest landfills.

The Ghazipur landfill, a huge mountain of garbage in eastern Delhi, exceeded its capacity in 2002, but thousands of tons of garbage are still dumped here every day.

Fires often break out, mainly due to methane produced when waste decomposes.

People who live near this place say that their lives are marred by poisonous fumes and the stink of garbage.

There are hundreds of such landfills all over India and many cities do not have a proper waste disposal system.

Video by Anshul Verma

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