August 12, 2020

Fighting on the beaches: Mauritius rallies after oil spill

Mahébourg (Mauritius) (AFP) – The stench of oil from the grounded ship was overwhelming and Vikash Tatayah’s eyes stung as he mopped up the sludge lapping the unspoiled Mauritian shoreline that he has spent his life protecting. “It was uncomfortable to breathe,” Tatayah, director for the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, told AFP of the devastating scene at Ile aux Aigrettes — a wildlife haven lying in the direct path of a oil spill that has struck the island’s southeast.”Your eyes burned up, people were getting dry skin and lips. It was difficult of course because we had the stench of petroleum…


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