Mauritius asks France for help as stranded ship leaks oil

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) – The Prime Minister of Mauritius has said the government is asking France to help it in an environmental brewing disaster after a ship that ran aground almost two weeks ago off the nation’s coast Indian Ocean islander began to leak oil. Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth said on Friday that the leak “represents a danger to Mauritius” and that his country lacks the skills and expertise to refloat stranded ships. He shared a photo of the Panamanian-flagged ship, the MV Wakashio, tilted precariously as a dark slick spilled over the turquoise waters. Greenpeace Africa’s director of climate and energy says thousands of species “risk drowning in a sea of ​​pollution” with dire economic consequences.

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