Oil spill in Mauritius: fears that vessel will break apart

World Grigory Matyunin 10-Aug-2020
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The cargo ship leaking in oil in Mauritius has developed cracks prompting fears that it will break in half.

The MV Wakashio, carrying thousands of tonnes of oil, was damaged as it ran aground upon coral reefs in the Indian Ocean.

While the Mauritian authorities have claimed that 500 tonnes of oil have been safely removed, they are preparing for a worst-case scenario.

Military aircraft of France and Japan are taking part in the operation to clean up the local area together with the Mauritius police and the local coastguard.