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Mauritius leaks oil in the Indian Ocean



On August 6, a large number of oil spills occurred in MV Wakashio off the coast of Mauritius.

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Updated on August 9, 2020, 1:16 PM Eastern Time

On August 6, a large number of oil spills occurred in MV Wakashio off the coast of Mauritius.

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The wrecked ship is leaking large amounts of diesel and engine oil into the Indian Ocean, and the island of Mauritius is facing an environmental emergency.

According to local media reports and environmentalists, the ship ran aground at Pointe d̵

7;Esny on the east coast of the island nation in late July. The location is close to the Blue Bay Marine Park Reserve and several tourist beaches.

Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth declared a state of environmental emergency on August 7.

The veteran sports organization Happy Cambru said: “Thousands of species around the pristine lagoons of Blue Bay, Pointe d’Esni and Mahébourg are in danger of being drowned in the polluted ocean. The economy, food security and health have had dire consequences.” Manager of Greenpeace Africa.


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