Mauritius Declares State of Emergency in Wake of Mega Oil Spill
The Japanese-owned ship, MV Wakashio, met with disaster off the coast of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean in late July, spilling at least 1,000 metric tons of oil near two environmentally protected marine areas.
Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth declared a state of environmental emergency, with the country’s environment minister, Kavy Ramano, saying: “We are in a situation of environmental crisis.”
Experts fear that the ship, which contains three oil berths, is in danger of splitting in half as cracks have been observed. If this happens, thousands of tons of additional oil could leak into this environmentally sensitive area.
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