Mauritius oil spill ESA dramatic images
European Space Agency (ESA) has released images of MV Wakashio oil spill view from space, depicting the huge area of devastation of the Mauritius waters, and coastline.
Reportedly large cracks have appeared in the hull of MV Wakashio cargo vessel, leaking oil in Mauritius, prompting the Prime minister to warn it may “break in two”.
The wrecked ship, which is believed to have been carrying 4,000 tonnes of fuel oil, ran aground on a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island on 25 July.
Despite bad weather, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth said 500 tonnes had been safely pumped out on August 10.
However he warned the islanders should be preparing for the “worst-case scenario” with further release of the rest of the fuel into the ocean.
Mauritius is home to world-renowned coral reefs, and related tourism is a crucial part of its economy.