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Japan sending disaster relief team to Mauritius over fuel leakage after ship ran aground Updated: 2020-08-10 05:26:37 KST

Good morning to our viewers across the globe, you're watching Arirang's 'The World Now'. I'm Kim Jae-hee.
Japan is sending a disaster relief team to Mauritius, after one of its oil-carrying cargo ships ran aground on the island nation situated in the Indian Ocean.
Japan's Foreign Ministry said Sunday that the six-member team will leave Japan on Monday.
The team consists of four experts from the Japan Coast Guard, one official from Japan's Foreign Ministry, and another from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
They're expected to help clean up the oil spill, and advise the Mauritius government on its control work.
The Japanese-owned bulk carrier, carrying around 3,8-hundred tons of oil, ran aground on a coral reef on July 25th.
Fuel started leaking on last Thursday, and the government of Mauritius has declared a state of environmental emergency over the fuel leakage.
The owners and operators of the grounded ship had held a news conference in Tokyo on Sunday and apologized for the accident that has caused a massive amount of environmental damage.

"To the Mauritius residents and all relevant people, I apologize deeply from my heart for the tremendous inconvenience and worry caused."
Reporter : jhee@arirang.com
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