Mauritius Declared A State Of Emergency Due To An Oil Spill From A Cargo Ship MV Wakashio
The authorities of Mauritius declared an environmental emergency due to an oil spill off the coast of the island, the BBC reports. Mauritius police have launched an investigation.
The fuel leak occurred from the cargo ship MV Wakashio, which ran aground on July 25 in the area of coral reefs. The crew was evacuated from the vessel.
Tons of oil got into the water. A huge spot is observed by residents and visitors of the island state, whose primary source of income is tourism: many tourists are attracted by the unique nature and coral reefs, which are now under threat. Environmentalists warn that thousands of animals could die, and the impact on tourism could lead to disastrous consequences for the island's economy.
The authorities of Mauritius admitted that they do not have experience in dealing with such situations, and asked for help from France. Paris has already promised to help.
The ship's owner also claims to be trying to stop the leak.
MV Wakashio is owned by a Japanese company but was flying the Panamanian flag. It was not loaded, but there were about 4 thousand tons of fuel onboard.