Mauritius declares environmental emergency, as ship leaks diesel and oil into sea


The vessel was engulfed in Pointe d’Asseni, east of the island nation in late July Local media report And environmental campaigner it is close to the Blue Bay Marine Park Reserve and many popular tourist beaches.

The damage to the boat has since ejected polluting garbage in the vicinity, and photos circulating on social media show thick, sticky oils leaking onto water and land.

On Friday, Prime Minister Pravin Jugnath declared a state of environmental emergency. Mauritius is located next to the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, and Jugnauth also appealed to French President Emmanuel Macron for help on Twitter.

Leader of mauritius said “Our country does not have the skills and expertise to bring back stranded ships.”
On Saturday, Macron said that France was deploying teams and equipment from Reunion Island in response.

Happy Khambule, Greenpeace Africa’s senior climate and energy campaign manager, warned that the bulk carrier was leaking “tons of diesel and oil into the sea”, and the area’s wildlife were threatened.

Khambule said in a statement on Friday, “Thousands of species around the ancient lagoons of Blue Bay, Point d’Esney and Maheberg are at risk of drowning in a sea of ​​pollution with dire consequences for Mauritius’ economy, food security and health. ”
Greenpeace warned that thousands of species are threatened by the leak.
Cleanliness campaign is going on.
Country’s environment minister kv ramano said On Friday: “We are in a state of environmental crisis.”

Yunus Umarji, a member of the European Parliament from Reunion Island, told CNN that international cooperation was needed to deal with the “ecological disaster”.

“This is a serious environmental crisis and we are not yet aware of all the consequences. It is also terrible for Mauritius, whose economy is based on tourism and is already badly hit by the epidemic,” he told CNN Told.

French Ecological Transition Minister Barbara Pompili Announced Saturday that France is assisting Mauritian authorities to deal with the fuel leak.

CNN’s Martin Goilando and Paul P. Murphy contributed reporting.

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