Mauritius PM warns cracks appearing in oil tanker's hull as island prepares for environmental worst-case scenario

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A Japanese ship that ran aground on a reef off Mauritius two weeks ago has now stopped leaking oil into the Indian Ocean, but the island nation is preparing for "a worst-case scenario", with several cracks seen in the tanker's hull.
A Japanese ship that ran aground on a reef off Mauritius two weeks ago has now stopped leaking oil into the Indian Ocean, but the island nation must still prepare for "a worst-case scenario", Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth says.

Key points: The Mauritian Prime Minister says the country should prepare for the worst-case scenario

The Mauritian Prime Minister says the country should prepare for the worst-case scenario Mauritians are donating human hair, which can absorb oil, in battle against huge slick

Mauritians are donating human hair, which can absorb oil, in battle against huge slick Ile Aux Aigrettes, an island nature reserve, is already covered in oil

Conservationists on the island said they were starting to find dead fish as well as seabirds covered in oil, increasing fears of an ecological catastrophe despite a massive local clean-up operation that includes making floating booms from leaves and human hair.

Mr Jugnauth said the leak from a damaged oil tank on board the stricken vessel, the MV Wakashio, had stopped but that it still had 2,000 tonnes of oil in two other, undamaged tanks.

"The salvage team has observed several cracks in the ship hull, which means that we are facing a very serious situation," Mr Jugnauth said in a televised…
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