Fears of environmental disaster as oil-laden ship sinks off Sri Lanka

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2nd June, 2021 04:43:28 PM printer

Fears of environmental disaster as oil-laden ship sinks off Sri Lanka

 

A chemical-laden cargo ship is sinking off the coast of Sri Lanka, sparking fears of an environmental disaster.

The Singapore-registered X-Press Pearl had been on fire for almost two weeks before the fire was put out this week.

Hundreds of tonnes of oil from fuel tanks could leak into the sea if it sinks, devastating nearby marine life.

The Sri Lankan and Indian navies had worked jointly over the past days in an attempt to put out the fire and prevent the ship from breaking up and sinking.

But rough seas and monsoonal winds hampered the operation.

(BBC)


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