In Pictures: Oil spill threatens ecological disaster in Mauritius | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

In Pictures: Oil spill threatens ecological disaster in Mauritius

Fuel spilling from a Japanese bulk carrier that ran aground on a reef in Mauritius two weeks ago is creating an ecological disaster, endangering corals, fish and other marine life around the Indian Ocean island, officials and environmentalists say.

The MV Wakashio, owned by the Nagashiki Shipping Company, struck the reef on Mauritius's southeast coast on July 25.

On Thursday, the government said fuel was leaking from a crack in the vessel's hull, and Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth declared a state of environmental emergency, pleading for international help.

Environmental group Greenpeace said the spill was to likely to be one of the worst ecological crises Mauritius has ever seen.

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