MAURITIUS DECLARES EMERGENCY AS STRANDED SHIP SPILLS FUEL

Aug 08, 2020

By Jeremy Logan

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The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a “state of environmental emergency” after a Japanese-owned ship that ran aground offshore days ago began spilling tons of fuel.

Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth announced the development late Friday as satellite images showed a dark slick spreading in the turquoise waters near environmental areas that the government has called “very sensitive.”

Mauritius says the ship was carrying nearly 4,000 tons of fuel.

Jugnauth appealed to France for help, saying the spill “represents a danger” for the country that relies heavily on tourism.

France is sending aid from its nearby island of Reunion.

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