Sad news, an oil spill
disaster is unfolding in Mauritius.
The MV Wakashio ran aground on a coral
reef July 25 on a reef and was carrying nearly 4,000 tons of fuel
. This is the country's first oil spill
, he said, adding that perhaps no one expected the ship to break apart. For days, residents peered out at the precariously tilted ship as a salvage
team arrived and began to work
, but ocean waves kept battering the ship.
Heavy winds are expected to push the oil
slick even farther along the mainland's shore. A Mauritius Meteorological Services forecast
for Sunday has advised that seas will be rough with swells beyond the reefs
and "ventures in the open seas are not advised." The starboard side bunker tank of the vessel has been breached.