Mauritius oil spill from space: Satellite photos expose scale of 'environmental emergency'

“Greenpeace Africa stands with affected Mauritian coastal communities and calls on the UN and all governments to support Mauritius’ cleaning efforts.”

On August 11, the ESA Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission photographed the oil spill close to Pointe d’Esny.

Pointe d’Esny is an area of wetland that is a UNESCO protected site.

The grounded tanker can be seen towards the bottom of the image.

ESA said: “The oil slick can be seen as a thin, black line surrounded by the bright turquoise colours of the Indian Ocean.

“Oil is visible near the boat, as well as other locations around the lagoon.”


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