Balikpapan declares emergency after damaging oil spill, Borneo | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Balikpapan declares emergency after damaging oil spill, Borneo

Indonesian port city of Balikpapan, on the island of Borneo, declared a state of emergency after pipeline fracture caused devastating oil spill along the coast, killing five fishermen and bringing health problems to hundreds of locals after it ignited.

The oil spill, which occurred over the weekend (March 31 - April 1), has now covered an area of around 18 km2 (7 mi2), contaminating the sea and polluting the air with thick black smoke. One protected dugong has already washed up dead on the shore.

The five fisherman died after being caught up in the fire caused by the spill. The fire was sparked by workers who were trying to clear the spill by burning it off the water's surface, a local search and rescue agency spokesman said.

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