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Aquatic ecosystem endangered by Oil Spill

Saumya Suman

BySaumya Suman

Aug 11, 2020

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A stranded cargo ship MV Wakashio, believed to be carrying more than 4,000 tonnes of fuel has been causing havoc to the aquatic ecosystem in the Indian Ocean since it ran aground on the 25th of July 2020. More than 1,000 tonnes of oil has already seeped in the ocean due to the many cracks developed in the hull of the tanker. Experts have predicted that there is still more than 2,500 tonnes of fuel onboard the ship which threatens chances of breaking into half. Efforts to transfer the onboard fuel to a different ship with the aid of helicopters had to be ceased due to bad weather. The tourism of Mauritius which has white sand beaches, blue lagoons and coral reefs as its main attractions is the worst affected both economically and ecologically. The people have called for urgent international help but received none till date.

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