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Sri Lanka's marine disaster worsens as environmental toll rises

Sri Lanka's marine disaster worsens as environmental toll rises

25/6/2021 3:39:00 PM

Sri Lanka 's marine disaster worsens as environmental toll rises

COLOMBO: Damage to Sri Lanka 's marine environment from a sinking chemical ship is worse than feared, officials said on Friday (Jun 25), as more ...

AsiaMembers of the Sri Lankan Navy work to remove debris washed ashore from the Singapore-registered container ship MV X-Press Pearl. (Photo: AFP/ISHARA S KODIKARA)25 Jun 2021 08:16PMShare this contentBookmarkCOLOMBO: Damage to Sri Lanka's marine environment from a sinking chemical ship is worse than feared, officials said on Friday (Jun 25), as more dead turtles, dolphins and whales washed up on the island's beaches.

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As of Thursday, 130 marine animals have been found dead on the Indian Ocean's beaches since thelast month before partially sinking off the coast after two weeks ablaze.AdvertisementAdvertisementSri Lanka's government believes they were killed by the hundreds of tonnes of chemicals and plastics leaking from the ship.

"At least six turtle carcasses washed up along the western coast on Thursday alone," a wildlife official told AFP.He said they had also received the first report of a shoal of reef fish dying at Hikkaduwa, a southern tourist resort area known for its rich coral reefs. headtopics.com

AdvertisementAdvertisement"So far we have collected the carcasses of 115 turtles, 15 dolphins and five whales," the official said, asking not to be named.They include a blue whale carcass found off the northern Jaffna peninsula, about 400km north of Colombo, last week.

Officials are awaiting the results of forensic reports, he said.READ: Sri Lanka arrests captain over ship fire pollutionAdvertisementThe Singapore-registered ship was known to be carrying 81 containers of hazardous chemicals, including 25 tonnes of nitric acid, when it caught fire.

Around 1,200 tonnes of tiny plastic pellets and other debris that blanketed beaches have been scooped up and are being stored in 45 shipping containers.Sri Lanka is seeking US$40 million in damages from the ship's operators X-Press Feeders. Read more: CNA »

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