Hundreds of turtle carcasses wash ashore in the aftermath of the Sri Lankan ship disaster

Edited By: Moohita Kaur Garg WION Web Team
Colombo, Sri Lanka Published: Jul 02, 2021, 03:00 PM(IST)

Wildlife officials carry away the carcass of a turtle that was washed ashore at the beach of Angulana, south of Sri Lanka's capital Colombo on June 24, 2021. Photograph:( AFP )

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Recently hundreds of dead turtles have washed ashore, reportedly the marine disaster has caused the demise of 176 turtles, 20 dolphins and four whales to date

As predicted by the Sri Lankan government, Singapore ship MV X-Press Pearl burning is proving to be the country’s “worst marine disaster”.

Hundreds of dead turtles have washed ashore in Sri Lanka. The marine disaster has reportedly caused death of 176 turtles, 20 dolphins and four whales to date. 

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This data was presented by Sri Lanka’s Deputy Solicitor General Madawa Tennakoon, during the initial court hearing of the $40 million case, filed by the country’s government against X-Press Feeders, the ship’s operating company.  

On May 20, a Singapore ship laden with chemicals erupted into fire. The ship was carrying 1,486 containers and had a 25 tonnes load of nitric acid along with other chemicals and cosmetics. After days of harrowing smoke and oil spill, the ship sank on June 2nd as salvage crew attempted to tow the vessel away from the coast.

Videos by local television stations show volunteers working hard to clear away carcasses of Dead Sea turtles and innumerable plastic pellets scattered across the shores.

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Sri Lankan government has named fifteen people as co-accused for the caused damages, this includes the Russian captain Tyutkalo Vitaly was arrested on June 14. And released later. As of now, he has not been charged in the environmental case. 

Environmental minister Mahinda Amaraweera while talking to reporters said that sea creatures don’t die like this during the Southwestern monsoon and that most of the carcasses found have been directly impacted by the shipwreck. 

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