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Mauritius Witnesses Severe Oil Spill

Mauritius Witnesses Severe Oil Spill
The Mauritius is home to a number of exotic marine life species and is a popular tourist spot , Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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One of the most devastating oil spills in this island nation has raised several environmental concerns and issues

OT Staff
August 12 , 2020
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A massive oil spill in the coral reefs of Mauritius, nearly two weeks ago, has raised some serious environmental concerns. Authorities in Mauritius fear that the spill from a damaged Japanese cargo ship carrying 4,000 metric tons of oil and diesel will have severe adverse effects on marine life. The azure waters are home to endangered corals, fish and other marine species found around the Indian Ocean islands. 

The MV Wakashio, owned by the Nagashiki Shipping Company, struck the reef on Mauritius's southeast coast on July 25. On Thursday, Aug 6, the government announced that the damaged vessel was leaking oil.

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Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth has declared a state of environmental emergency, pleading for international help. "Thousands of species around the pristine lagoons of Blue Bay, Pointe d'Esny and Mahebourg are at risk of drowning in a sea of pollution, with dire consequences for Mauritius's economy, food security and health," Greenpeace said in a statement.

Along with foreign aides from France, Japan, India and others, locals came out in full support to clean the ocean and save the thriving biosphere. 

Though nothing has been made official, restrictions on water activities and waters sports might be imposed to facilitate the cleaning process.


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