The Republic of Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian ocean. Mauritius is popularly known for it’s an abundance of natural beauty on an island. Spectacular pools and waterfalls are other highlights which are a go-to for a refreshing dip. This beauty is even considered to be a prototype of heaven.
TOURISM: THE MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR OF ECONOMY
Mauritius has been a tourist destination for over decades now. It has attracted tourists from all over the world, especially from African, European and Asian countries. The tourism sector has been the major contributor to the economy. Economic growth is the result of luxury tours of the state.
With a list of disastrous events happening in 2020, Mauritius oil spill is one among it. It is truly a heartbreaking event as it has contaminated pristine waters of Mauritius with 4000 tonnes of oil.
WHAT, WHEN AND HOW?
The “MV Wakashio”, a Panamanian-flagged ship, was sailing under ballast, without cargo, through the Indian Ocean. When it went off course and stranded on a coral reef, in the east coast of Mauritius, while travelling from China to Brazil. However, at the time of impact, the ship had approximately 4000 tons of fuel oil, 200 tons of diesel, and 90 tons of lubricant oil on board.
Due to bad weather and cracks in the body of the ship, the oil began to leak and came into notice on Aug 5th. Due to oil leaks government of Mauritius has declared an environmental emergency.
Oil spills have immediate effects on economic, social, and environmental aspects. Indigenous people have lost their livelihoods as fisheries and tourism areas are on hold. The cleanup costs are huge and caused a drastic effect on marine life by killing aquatic animals, plants and contaminating the ocean.
The Local NGO of Mauritius ECO- Sud has set up a Fundraiser for the management of the crisis in Mauritius which you can check out here.
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