#Mauritius declares state of emergency after spilling tons of fuel.
The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a state of environmental emergency after a Japanese-owned shine that ran aground offshore began spilling tons of fuel
• The satellite images showed a dark slick spreading in the turquoise waters near environmental areas that the govt called 'very sensitive'.
The ship was carrying nearly 4,000 tons of fuel and cracks have appeared in its hull.
The incident is visible even from space as satellite Sentinel2 sent images showing the full extent of the massive oil spill.
The Prime Minister of Mauritius has declared a ‘state of climate emergency’ and has asked for help. He wrote on Twitter: “The sinking of the Wakashio represents a danger for Mauritius.
The French President responded to this call saying the country will provide support to the Mauritian authorities by sending specialist teams and equipment on-site.
Le naufrage du #Wakashio représente un danger pour l'île Maurice. Notre pays n’a pas les compétences et l’expertise pour le renflouage des navires échoués, c’est ainsi que j’ai sollicité l’aide de la #France à @EmmanuelMacron. pic.twitter.com/30m2pQzEy4
— Pravind Jugnauth (@PKJugnauth) August 7, 2020
Japan also dispatched a relief team in the area to help the ongoing cleanup -in the meantime, hundreds of volunteers have joined efforts to keep leaking oil from the tanker away from the beaches of the island.
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