Mauritius oil spill in the Indian Ocean

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A major series of oil spills from the MV Wakashio, off Mauritius, on August 6, AFP via Getty Images

Updated at 1716 GMT (0116 HKT) on August 9, 2020

A major series of oil spills from the MV Wakashio, off Mauritius, on August 6.

AFP via Getty Images

Mauritius faces an environmental emergency as a wrecked ship leaks tons of diesel and oil into the Indian Ocean.

The ship ran aground in late July at Pointe d’Esny, on the island nation’s east coast, according to local media and environmental activists. 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.

“Thousands of species around the pristine lagoons of Blue Bay, Pointe d’Esny and Mahebourg risk drowning in a sea of ​​pollution, with disastrous consequences for the economy, food security and health of Mauritius”, said Happy Khambule, campaign manager at Greenpeace Africa.

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