Updated 1716 GMT (0116 HKT) August 9, 2020
The island of Mauritius is facing an environmental emergency as a wrecked ship leaks tons of diesel and oil into the Indian Ocean.
According to local media reports and environmental campaigners, the vessel was engulfed on the eastern shore of the island nation in Pointe d’Suni in late July. The location is close to the Blue Bay Marine Park Reserve and several tourist beaches.
Prime Minister Praveen Juganhat declared a state of environmental emergency on 7 August.
“Thousands of species around the pristine lagoon of Blue Bay, Point d’Eceni and Meheberg are at risk of drowning in a sea of pollution with dire consequences for Mauritius’ economy, food security and health,” said Happy Khambule, a senior campaign . Manager in Greenpeace Africa.