Environmental Emergency Declared In Mauritius Due To Oil Spill In The Indian Ocean

Mauritius Oil Spill: Watch the Visuals

Mauritius government declared an environmental emergency state due to the oil spill from the japan owned ship ran aground offshore a few days ago. The ship had spilled tons of oils by now. The government came into the declaration of emergency after the satellite image shown the slick of oil started spreading extensively through the turquoise water of the Mauritius shore.

Mauritius prime minister Pravind Jugnauth announced on late Friday and described the condition as a sensitive case. According to the authorities of Mauritius the ship was carrying around 4000 tons of fuel and the impetus and irresponsible act made the government in trouble. Prime minister also seeks help from France since the pandemic hit the small nations hard, and Mauritius is heavily dependent on tourism for the economy, and they are devastated now. To tackle down the emergency, 400 sea boom had deployed to contain the spill. The ship’s owners were listed as the Japanese companies Okiyo Maritime Corporation and Nagashiki Shipping Co Ltd.

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“Our country doesn’t have the skills and expertise to refloat stranded ships, so I have appealed for help from France and president Emmanuel Macron. Bad weather has made it impossible to act, and I worry what could happen Sunday when the weather deteriorates,” Jugnauth said. He also shared a satellite image that says MV Wakashio uncertainly. The closest neighbor of the island nation is The French island of Reunion. The spokesperson of France’s foreign ministry told that France is the principal investor and largest trading partner.

Mauritius Oil Spill
Mauritius Oil Spill

“Tons of diesel and oil are now leaking into the water, 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 Africa’s climate and energy manager Happy Khambule said in a statement.

Presently it’s precarious about the aid of Indian Ocean countries and from international oil spill response organizations.

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