Mauritius demands USD 34 million from Japan after oil spill

Mauritius now demands funds from Japan to allow the island nation to build ships capable of fishing further from the coast after oil has spilled from a Japanese ship, causing damage to the marine environment. Two people have lost their lives during the cleanup.

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Island nation Mauritius now demands that Japan pays the country nearly MUR 1.32 billion (USD 34 million) in damages, reported Japanese media Kyodo News Tuesday, with reference to a Mauritian government document.

The claim comes after a Japanese vessel ran aground off the island on July 25, spilling nearly 1,000 tonnes of oil along the Mauritian coast.

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