Updated 1:16 PM ET, Sun 9 August 2020
The island of Mauritius is facing an environmental emergency as a sunken ship is leaking thousands of oil and diesel into the Indian Ocean.
The ship was hugged in late July at Pointe d̵7;Esny, on the east coast of the island nation, according to local media reports and environmental campaigns. The location is close to the Blue Bay Marine Park reserve and several tourist beaches.
Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth declared an environmental emergency on 7 August.
“Thousands of species around the pristine lagoons of Blue Bay, Pointe d’Esny and Mahebourg are in danger of drowning in a sea of pollution, with dire consequences for Mauritius’ economy, food safety and health,” said Happy Khambule, a campaigner. old manager at Greenpeace Africa.