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The oil spill's vicious impact on Sundarbans forest

Title:The oil spill's vicious impact on Sundarbans forest

Sundarbans, Bangladesh. December 21, 2014 [DrikNEWS] - Oil tanker Southern Star 7 sank in the Sela River on December 9 on its way to the Gopalganj power plant with 357,664 litres of furnace oil. The oil spread along 20 kilometres of the Sela River seriously threatening the delicate ecology. Officials are still unclear about the extent of the damage from the oil spill in Sundarbans. Environment experts say plants would not grow back on riverbanks and shoals that have come into contact with the furnace oil. Government inaction has pushed local children and families to attempt to clean up the oil spill with little more than household items and no protective gear. The local administration has declared cash incentive for the oil collectors. They have now opened three-four collection centers to purchase the furnace oil from them at the rate of BDT 30 ($0.38 US dollars) per litre. Police lifted the dead body of the oil tanker master of ‘OT Southern Star 7’ 5 days later the tank sank in Shela River of Sundarbans. Photos: Kaisar Ahamed/DrikNEWS

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