Sri Lanka probes into possible oil slick off sinking ship

A dead sea crab lies washed ashore amid granules of plastic raw materials from the burnt ship MV X-Press Pearl on the beach of Negombo, north-west of Colombo, Sri Lanka, on June 2. Sri Lankan authorities says an investigation into an oil patch reported off its west coast will be carried out. – EPA pic, June 10, 2021.

SRI Lanka announced an investigation today into a possible oil slick reported off its west coast where a container ship is submerged after burning for 13 days.

Coast Conservation Minister Nalaka Godahewa said local experts were asked to examine an oil patch of about 0.35 square kilometres where MV X-Press Pearl ran aground earlier this month.

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