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- Disasters · Ecology · Indian Ocean · Mauritius Island

En­vi­ron­men­tal emergency

The is­land of Mauritius has de­clared an “en­vi­ron­men­tal emergency” af­ter a tanker loaded with around 4,000 tonnes of oil ran aground off the shores of the In­dian Ocean at the end of July, dev­as­tat­ing a co­ral reef. The huge ship’s hull has cracked, spew­ing 1,000 tonnes of oil into Mauritius’s crys­tal­clear waters. Emergency work­ers and vol­un­teers are now scram­bling to pro­tect the coun­try’s coast­line. The vol­un­teers have been work­ing tire­lessly to cre­ate bar­ri­ers to contain the leak­ing oil and keep it away from the is­land. Many have been fill­ing sacks with straw to soak up the oil.

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