Since then, damage to the ship has caused the ship to leak the leaked sewage into the surrounding area. Photos circulating on social media seem to show sticky grease covering the water and the ground.
On Friday, Prime Minister Pravender Jagnate declared an environmental emergency. Mauritius is adjacent to the Indian Ocean on the French island of Reunion. Jugnauth also called on French President Emmanuel Macron (Emmanuel Macron) to help on Twitter.
Macron said on Saturday that France is responding with teams and equipment from Reunion Island.
Happy Khambule, Greenpeace’s senior climate and energy campaign manager for Africa, warned that the bulk carrier was leaking “a large amount of diesel and oil” into the ocean and threatened the wildlife in the area.
Younous Omarjee, a member of the European Parliament from Reunion Island, told CNN that international cooperation is needed to deal with “ecological disasters.”
He told CNN: “This is a serious environmental crisis, and we have not yet realized all the consequences it may bring. For Mauritius, it is also terrible. Mauritius’ economy is based on tourism and has been Was severely affected by the pandemic.”
CNN’s Martin Goillandeau and Paul P. Murphy contributed reporting.