Sri Lanka braces for worst environmental disaster as cargo ship carrying chemicals sinks off coast

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  • The Telegraph published this video item, entitled “Sri Lanka braces for worst environmental disaster as cargo ship carrying chemicals sinks off coast” – below is their description.

    A burnt-out container ship that has already caused Sri Lanka’s worst maritime environmental disaster was sinking Wednesday with nearly 350 tonnes of oil in its fuel tanks.

    The MV X-Press Pearl, carrying hundreds of containers of chemicals and plastics, burned for 13 days just outside Colombo’s harbour before rescue workers finally extinguished the blaze on Tuesday.

    Dutch salvage firm SMIT attempted to pull the still-smoking wreckage of the 31,600-tonne vessel into deeper water on Wednesday but the effort stalled.

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