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Oil spill threatens Mumbai beaches

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Oil spill threatens Mumbai beaches


The authorities in Mumbai, India, are struggling to contain a 13 kilometre-long oil slick that has escaped from cargo ship that went down off the coast in a storm.

It also beached another vessel, a cargo ship that was abandoned off the Oman coast on June 29 before drifting to the Indian coast.

Estimates put oil from the MV Rak Carrier leaking at a rate of about two tonnes per hour. It was carrying 60,000 tonnes of coal when it sank about 40 kilometres from the coast.

Two Coast Guard ships continued the clean up operation while another ship is being used to neutralise peripheral oil patches, India’s Ministry of Defence said.

Witnesses said solidified oil has collected along Mumbai’s Juhu beach.

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