Mauritius is in a state of emergency due to an oil spill from a tanker (VIDEO)

Mauritius is in a state of emergency due to an oil spill from a tanker.

The Mauritian government has declared a state of emergency following a large-scale oil spill from a tanker owned by the Japanese company Nagashiki Shipping Co. Ltd. This was reported by the Kyodo news agency.

The spill threatens coral reefs off the coast of the island nation. The scale of the disaster has not yet been fully assessed, but satellite images show a large oil slick in the coastal zone. Mauritius has asked the UN for immediate help to address the effects of the environmental disaster.

There were about 4,000 tons of petroleum products on board the stranded tanker. Exactly how much fuel got into the ocean water is still unclear.

The statement also noted that the ship's crew would be evacuated ashore. The company promises to make every effort to help pump fuel oil from the waters of the bay.

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