(MAURITIUS) LATEST: Large cracks have reportedly appeared in the hull of a cargo ship that ran aground on a ‘ Coral Reef ‘ on Sunday that’s leaking oil, prompting the prime minister to warn it may “break in two” CAUSING a catastrophe #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.11: The MV Wakashio, believed to have been carrying 4,000 tonnes of fuel oil, ran aground on a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island on 25 July: Despite bad weather, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth said 500 tonnes had been safely pumped out on Monday: But he warned the country was preparing for the “worst-case scenario”………….Mauritius is home to world-renowned coral reefs, and tourism is a crucial part of its economy: Fuel has been transferred to shore by helicopter and to another ship owned by the same Japanese firm, Nagashiki Shipping:

Mauritius oil spill: Fears vessel may ‘break in two’ as cracks appear AFP.Com/

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More than 1,000 tonnes of oil has leaked into waters near MauritiusPeople on shore look out at the MV Wakashio on 6 August 2020.AFPOil was first seen oozing out of MV Wakashio last week

France has sent a military aircraft with pollution control equipment from its nearby island of Réunion, while Japan has sent a six-member team to assist the French efforts: The Mauritius coast guard and several police units are also at the site in the south-east of the island.

Since the weekend, volunteers have been collecting straw from fields and filling sacks to make barriers against the oil: Others have made their own tubes with tights and hair to add to the effort, and some have been cleaning up the island’s beaches: Their actions went against an order from the government asking people to leave the clean-up to local authorities.

“People have realised that they need to take things into their hands: We are here to protect our fauna and flora,” environmental activist Ashok Subron told AFP news agency on Sunday.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Aug.11: 2020:

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