MV Wakashio: Mauritius declares emergency as stranded ship leaks oil

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9th August, 2020 10:05:55 printer

MV Wakashio: Mauritius declares emergency as stranded ship leaks oil

The island nation of Mauritius has declared a "state of environmental emergency" after a vessel offshore began leaking oil into the ocean.

 

MV Wakashio ran aground on a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island on 25 July and its crew was evacuated.

 

But the large bulk carrier has since begun leaking tons of fuel into the surrounding waters, BBC reported.

 

France has pledged support and the ship's owner said it was working to combat the spill.

 

Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth declared the state of emergency late on Friday.

 


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