Tar balls found in Phuket are said to be linked to the MV X-Pres …


(MENAFN – Colombo Gazette)

A large quantity of tarballs found in Phuket is believed to be linked to the vessel MV X-Press Pearl which sank in Sri Lankan waters.

A major cleanup is underway along Naiyang Beach in Phuket following the discovery of tar balls today.

Environmentalists in Phuket said drone cameras detected oil floating in the water near the beach where tar balls were found.

The MV X-Press Pearl caught fire in Sri Lankan waters last month while anchored near the port of Colombo.

Several containers from the ship fell into the sea, polluting the water and dumping large amounts of debris on the shore.

The ship eventually sank after the fire lasted for several days, causing further damage to the marine environment.

The United Nations (UN) to submit a report on the environmental impact in Sri Lanka following the MV X-Press Pearl disaster.

A United Nations team of oil and chemical spill experts, provided by the European Union (EU), is working with the government of Sri Lanka to assess the environmental impact caused by the disaster in MV X-press Pearl.

The team from the United Nations, France and Italy is a collaboration between the humanitarian arm of the European Union (EU ECHO / ERCC) and the Joint Environment Unit of the United Nations Environment Program ( UNEP) / Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

An independent UN report on the incident will be produced with key findings and recommendations on short-term response measures and longer-term recovery planning and submitted to the government. (Colombo Diary)

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