MV Wakashio: Locals in Mauritius try to stop oil spill

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The tanker is leaking tons of oil into the surrounding water

Volunteers in Mauritius are scrambling to make cordons to leak oil from a tanker away from the island.

On July 25, MV Vaccio was surrounded by a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island. Since then the tanker has started pouring tons of oil into the surrounding water.

Locals are making straw tubes in an effort to absorb and absorb the oil.

Mauritius is home to world famous coral reefs, and tourism is an important part of the country’s economy. There are concerns about the island’s eco-system.

Images posted online by local media show volunteers constructing straw tubes to act as a barrier. Some people are collecting straw from the fields to fight the sieve.

Others are making their own tubes with tights and hair to add to the effort.

Volunteers are also working on cleaning the island’s beaches.

An environmental activist told AFP news agency, “People have realized that they need to take things into their own hands. We are here to protect our fauna and flora.”

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Satellite images show the extent of the oil spill

Mitsui OSK Lines, the operator of the ship, said that they have tried to put their control boom around the ship but they have not been successful due to rough seas.

The helicopters are attempting to move some fuel and diesel from the ship.

It is believed that the vessel, when registered in Panama, was filled with about 4,000 tons of fuel when it sank. All the employees of the board were taken out.

At least 1,000 tonnes of oil is believed to have leaked into the waters around the island country.

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Environmentalists are concerned about the impact on the country’s ecosystem.

Happy Khamule of Greenpeace Africa warned that “thousands” of animal species were “at risk of drowning in a sea of ​​pollution” with terrible consequences for Mauritius’ economy, food security and health.

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At least 1,000 tonnes of oil are believed to have leaked so far

At a news conference, Akihiko Ono, the executive vice president of Mitsui OSK Lines, apologized for the “apology for the spread” and the “big trouble we caused”.

He swore that the company would “do everything in its power to resolve the issue”.

On Friday, Mauritius Prime Minister Pravin Jugnath declared a state of emergency and appealed for help.

France has dispatched a military aircraft with pollution control equipment from its nearby Reunion Island.

Mr Jugnauth is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting later on Sunday, fearing that inclement weather could complicate efforts to hold back the oil.

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