The Caribbean Policy Research Institute, CAPRI, is estimating that the fire at the Riverton City dump has cost the country more than 272-million dollars.

Dr. Damien King is Co-Executive Director of Capri.

Dr. Damien King, Co-Executive Director of Capri.

The fire at the dump started last week Wednesday.

It forced the closure of nearly fifty schools on Friday after students fell ill.

More than 800 people have reported to hospitals and other government health facilities seeking treatment from the effects of the smoke that has blanketed the Corporate Area and sections of St Catherine.