Burnt container ship sinks off west coast in Sri Lanka, contaminating fishing waters

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    Sri Lanka’s navy says a burnt cargo ship loaded with tonnes of chemicals has sunk off the country’s west coast. Tonnes of plastic pellets have contaminated the surrounding fishing waters in one of the nation’s worst marine disasters. The government halted fishing along some parts of the coastline on Wednesday and sent hundreds of soldiers to clean up the beaches. The container ship X-Press Pearl was anchored off Sri Lanka’s west coast when it caught fire on May 20. It was carrying 25 tonnes of nitric acid, along with other chemicals and cosmetics. The ship began to sink early on Wednesday, and operations to tow the vessel were suspended after its rear end hit the sea bed.

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    Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is an island country in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean southwest of the Bay of Bengal and southeast of the Arabian Sea. Sri Lanka has been called “the pearl of the Indian ocean” because of its shape and location.

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