French Minister of Overseas Territories, Sebastian Lecornu, who announced that the mission would take at least 10 months of work, oversaw the pollution-effect reduction operation Sunday. This came after a La reunion stop to warn of the possible impact of the spills on the waters of their island. India also dispatched 28 tons of equipment including booms, barges, and skimmers from its national coast guard with a 10-member team
To assist Mauritius in its ongoing oilspill containment & salvage operations, an IAF aircraft has just landed in Port Louis with 30T of specialized equipment along with a 10-member Technical Response Team from india Coast Guard. pic.twitter.com/h1tjIPrEZW— IndianDefence (@IndianDefence3) August 16, 2020
Nagashiki, said owner, has pledged to respond "sincere" to claims for compensation for harm to the marine environment. In a statement on Saturday, Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi said he planned to send a team of environmental ministry officials and other experts to Mauritius to quickly evaluate what the ministry could do. He added to the reporters that Tokyo sees the tragedy as a big problem that could lead to biodiversity loss.
At the start, thousands of Mauritians have been volunteering day and night already. The coming together in reaction to what some call the worst ecological tragedy in the Indian Ocean island nation is not in vain with the positive outcome of more than 800 tons of oil liquid waste and more than 400 tons of solid waste sludge and debris removed from the ocean as of Sunday.
Mauritius has declared a state of emergency and France has sent aid in what environmental groups say could be a major ecological crisis after a disastrous oil spill https://t.co/yu9m2JUGVp pic.twitter.com/oiItjc5xSo— Reuters (@Reuters) August 10, 2020
The spill is both an environmental and economic tragedy for Mauritius, which relies heavily on its waters for tourism and food production.