Over 200 rare marine animals died due to chemical leak from sunken ship, Lanka court heard

Over 200 rare marine animals died due to chemical leak from sunken ship, Lanka court heard

Colombo: The Singapore-flagged container ship went killing more rare marine animals of 200 fire, which was carrying tons of hazardous chemicals at the beginning of this month and plunged Sri Lanka’s coast, a court Heard, a few days after the carcasses of sea creatures began to wash over the shore.
Giving details about the damage caused to aquatic life after the sinking of the ‘X-Press Pearl’ container ship, the Attorney General’s office told the magistrate’s court that at least 176 turtles, 20 dolphins and four whales were caused by the chemical leak. have been killed.
In the past few days, the carcasses of hundreds of marine animals have been washed ashore. The attorney general’s office said the wildlife department has reported 26 different court cases among the animals.
The court has directed the government analyst to submit an official findings report.
The cargo ship was carrying 1,486 containers of chemicals and cargo when it caught fire near Colombo port on May 21. The Sri Lankan Navy, Air Force and Indian Coast Guard jointly doused the fire in an operation that took several days.
However, the ship sank off the coast of the country on 17 June.
In addition to the 325 metric tons of fuel in its tanks, the ship was carrying 25 tons of dangerous nitric acid.
Environmentalists have called it one of the worst ecological disasters in the country’s history.
Last week, Sri Lanka, following a directive from Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, through the attorney general, claimed interim damages of $40 million from the cargo ship’s owners.
Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said only 40 per cent of the hazardous materials such as plastic pellets, oil and acid from the ship were washed ashore.
Darshani Lahandapura, head of the Marine Environment Protection Authority, said that the operation is on to identify the dangerous goods falling into the sea. He said the Indian survey ship INS Surveyor has been assisting the efforts for almost a week.
“Indian ships can only see the containers on the sea floor, if they can identify the container numbers we will be able to determine what cargo they were carrying. If the numbers are destroyed by fire or any other reason If you go, it will be difficult,” Lahandpura said.
The UN representative in Sri Lanka said last week that the sinking of a container ship had caused significant damage to the planet, releasing hazardous substances into the ecosystem.
A team of oil spill and chemical experts from the United Nations and the European Union is working with Sri Lankan agencies to assess the impact of the disaster.

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