Thousands marched in Mauritius to protest devastating oil spill

Thousands of people in Mauritius have again protested against the government for dealing with an offshore oil spill that became the worst environmental disaster of the Indian Ocean island nation in years.

Johannesburg – Thousands of people staged a protest again in Mauritius on Saturday with the government tackling an offshore oil spill to become the Indian Ocean island nation’s worst environmental disaster in years.

The new details indicate that the Japanese ship attacked the coral reefs in late July and about 1,000 tons of fuel oil leaked near the protected coastal areas, as the milestone was definitely intended to move away from the coast, Therefore the crew members could get a mobile phone signal. Call their families.

“The change may be related to the birthday celebration of one of the team members,” a report by the Marine Authority of Panama said this week, where MV Vakashio is registered. It said initial investigations also suggested that a navigation system and a nautical chart were misunderstood.

Last month, nearly a tenth of the population of Mauritius marched peacefully in the capital Port Louis after outbreak over the outbreak of disaster and the discovery of dozens of dead dolphins.

It is not immediately clear what the dolphin killed, but some experts say the fuel may contain water-soluble chemical defects. The government has called it a “sad coincidence”.

The protesters have asked the top officials to step down. Saturday’s march took place in Maheberg, one of the most affected coastal villages.

The island nation of 1.3 million people depends heavily on tourism and had already become a serious hit due to travel restrictions during the coronovirus epidemic.

On Friday, the bulk carrier’s Japanese operator said it would provide 1 billion yen ($ 9 million) to finance environmental projects and support the local fishing community. Mitsui OSK Lines said the Mauritius Natural Environment Recovery Fund will be used for mangrove protection, coral reef recovery, seabirds and rare species conservation and research by private and government groups.

MOL said that the ship’s owner, Nagashiki Shipping, is also joining the fund.

Mauritius has said that it is seeking compensation for the losses suffered by Nagashiki.