In Peru, 21 beaches polluted by spill linked to Tonga eruption

In Peru, 21 beaches polluted by spill linked to Tonga eruption

Peru declared an environmental emergency on Thursday after announcing that 21 beaches on the Pacific coast had been contaminated by an oil spill at a refinery operated by Spain-based Repsol, rising due to the eruption of an underwater volcano near Tonga. after the waves.

President Pedro Castillo said a committee would be set up to deal with the crisis, taking into account national policies aimed at protecting the environment. Prime Minister Mirtha Vasquez said Repsol has promised to deliver a clean-up programme, involve local fishermen in cleaning up beaches and deliver food baskets to affected families.

Vasquez said the United Nations would provide a team of experts to help Peru deal with the oil spill. People have been barred from visiting 21 polluted beaches due to health concerns.

Peruvian officials say an Italian-flagged ship dropped 6,000 barrels in the Pacific in front of the La Pampilla refinery on Saturday. Environmental activists collect oil-stained or dead seabirds. Repsol said Peruvian officials had not issued a tsunami warning and the ship continued to unload oil at the refinery when the waves arrived. Two women drown after being swept away by strong waves after the Tonga explosion in Peru.

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