Harm to the boat has because induced it to leak out polluting waste into the surrounding place, and pictures circulating on social media surface to clearly show thick, sticky oils coating the water and the ground.
On Friday, Primary Minister Pravind Jugnauth declared a state of environmental crisis. Mauritius lies following to the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, and Jugnauth also appealed to French President Emmanuel Macron for aid on Twitter.
On Saturday, Macron said that France was deploying teams and tools from Reunion Island in response.
Joyful Khambule, Greenpeace Africa senior local climate and electricity campaign supervisor, warned that the bulk carrier was leaking “tonnes of diesel and oil into the ocean,” and threatening the area’s wildlife.
Younous Omarjee, a member of the European Parliament from Reunion Island, told CNN that global cooperation was wanted to offer with the “ecological disaster.”
“This is a major environmental crisis and we are not still conscious of all the outcomes it could have. It’s also horrible for Mauritius, whose economy is dependent on tourism and has previously been seriously impacted by the pandemic,” he explained to CNN.
CNN’s Martin Goillandeau and Paul P. Murphy contributed reporting.
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