Global Aid in Mauritius Oil Clean-Up Efforts

The spill is both an environmental and economic tragedy for Mauritius, which relies heavily on its waters for tourism and food production.
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Global Aid in Mauritius Oil Clean-Up Efforts

International clean-up efforts in the powder-blue waters along the Mauritian coastline after last month's shipwreck which triggered more than 1,000 tons of oil spill was declared an environmental disaster, a situation far more severe after the vessel was split into two.

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

Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth is under fire for allegedly doing too little the ship was running aground. Opposition leaders echoed that sentiment. His government has promised to seek compensation for any losses and liabilities incurred by the spill from the vessel owner and the ship's insurer including the cost of lean-up.

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.

MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier, ran aground on a coral reef off Mauritius' southeastern coast on July 25 and began oozing oil more than a week later, threatening a protected marine park containing mangrove forests and endangered species. Mauritius declared an environmental emergency and rescue teams were working against the clock to pump off the knocked vessel the remaining 3,000 tons of gasoline.

The spill is both an environmental and economic tragedy for Mauritius, which relies heavily on its waters for tourism and food production.

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