Mauritius declares a “state of environmental emergency”

A “state of environmental emergency” has been declared by the island nation of Mauritius. The environmental emergency has been declared as a Japanese bulk carrier “MV Wakashio” ran aground on a reef in Mauritius and began leaking oil into the ocean. The ship stranded two weeks ago is leaking tons of fuel into the surrounding waters.

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According to the environmentalists, the stranded ship, MV Wakashio currently lying at Pointe d’Esny in an area of wetlands near a marine park, is creating an ecological disaster, endangering corals, fish and other marine life around the Indian Ocean island. The incident is being considered as one of the most terrible ecological crises that Mauritius has ever seen.

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  • Prime Minister of Mauritius: Pravind Jugnauth; President: Prithvirajsing Roopun.

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