What they hoped not to happen has happened to the cargo ship which ran aground in Mauritius and has been leaking oil since.

Yesterday, the Japanese cargo ship split in two. “At around 4.30 pm, a major detachment of the vessel’s forward section was observed,” the National Crisis Committee of Mauritius said.

4,000 tonnes of fuel oil was on board to power the ship. Luckily, over 3,000 tonnes have been collected before the shipwreck split in two, however there is still about 90 tonnes on board and more at sea.

Tal Harris, a communications coordinators for Greenpeace Africa International, told CNN that authorities have “decreed the area a forbidden zone” and volunteers have been asked to ceased activities.

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