TOXIC BEACH

India Today - - UPFRONT - JAI­SON G.

The sands on the En­nore shore­line, stained black by oil, of­fer com­pelling vis­ual ev­i­dence of the af­ter­math of the col­li­sion, on Jan­uary 28, of two ships in the wa­ters near Chennai. It has been at once ex­tra­or­di­nary and hor­ri­fy­ing to see the com­mu­nity spirit that has en­thused vol­un­teers to de­scend onto the beach to par­tic­i­pate in the cleanup with lit­tle more than buck­ets and their bare hands. The gov­ern­ment has been ea­ger to de­clare the cleanup more or less com­plete, but the ex­tent of the marine and gen­eral eco­log­i­cal dam­age is yet to be known or even prop­erly ac­knowl­edged.

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