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Damage caused to Sri Lanka by wrecked ship will last a century

Damage caused to Sri Lanka by wrecked ship will last a century

Colombo, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) The environmental damage after the accident and subsequent sinking of the MV X-Press Pearl container ship, carrying a Singapore flag, will affect Sri Lanka for more than 100 years, The Island newspaper reported.
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The ship, which was laden with 1,486 containers of chemical products, including nitric acid, ethanol, lubricants and plastic granules from the port of Hazira, in India, caught fire on May 20 when it was 9.5 nautical miles from the port of Colombo.

The ship began to sink after burning for two weeks off the coast of Sri Lanka, which is facing its worst marine ecological disaster.

Scientists say that this will have a disastrous impact on the Sri Lanka’s fishing industry for at least three years.

On the other hand, the Center for Environmental Justice will file a public interest lawsuit against the company that owns the freighter, which still has a large amount of fuel in its tanks, since there were 350 metric tons when the fire started.

Authorities expect that around 30 kilometers of coastline will be affected by the impending disaster.


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