Oil spill threatens Sunderbans ecology
spill occurred in the Sunderbans area of Bangladesh when an oil tanker carrying more than 350,000 litres of bunker oil sank in the Sela river after being hit by a cargo vessel. The collision occurred inside the Chandpai dolphin sanctuary. Experts have warned that the chemical could harm the delicate ecology of the Sunderbans. The spill is likely to threaten rare Irrawaddy dolphins. There are reports that a dead dolphin has already been spotted in the Harintana-Tambulbunia channel of the Sela River. Official announcements have not yet clarified the extent of the damage. Indian authorities are trying to find out whether the spill is spreading to India or not. Locals, however, claimed that the Indian side of the river is affected.