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Growing fears of environmental disaster in Mauritius: Ship risks breaking in half

Efforts are being made to contain the oil spill off Mauritius, but fears of a complete environmental disaster are growing. Sunday, the country's prime minister warned that the ship could break in half.

1,000 tons of oil have leaked into the sea off the coast of Mauritius. Tanker vessels are currently trying to empty the ship's fuel tanks. | Photo: -/AFP / AFP

Mauritius is preparing for the worst-case scenario, warns the country's prime minister, Pravind Jugnauth.

While efforts to clean-up a 1,000 tons oil leak from large Japanese dry bulk vessel Wakashio are ongoing, fears that the vessel might break in two are rising.

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