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Sri Lanka Faces Devastating Oil Spill from Sinking Cargo Ship

HeadlineJun 03, 2021

One of Sri Lanka’s biggest environmental disasters on record is set to get even worse, after a stricken cargo ship carrying tons of chemicals began sinking in the Indian Ocean. Officials are now bracing for an oil spill from about 350 metric tons of oil loaded in the sinking ship’s fuel tanks. This week, Sri Lanka temporarily banned fishing along a 50-mile stretch of coastline, devastating the country’s fishing industry.

Joshua Anthony: “The ship has dealt a death blow to our lives. We can’t go to the sea, which means we can’t make a living.”

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