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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 - 18:18
Indonesia declares 'state of emergency' to contain a deadly oil spill
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Indonesia has declared a state of emergency to help stop the spreading of a deadly oil spill off the coast of the island of Borneo.

At least four fishermen in the port city of Balikpapan were killed over the weekend when the fuel ignited.

Hundreds of people have reported health issues since Saturday's spill.

As the oil slick continues to spread, the risk of further fires is increasing, Indonesian authorities said.

The Balikpapan environmental agency has warned members of the local community to avoid any activities "that could spark fires".

The spill, which threatens to further contaminate the fishing waters along the coast, currently covers an area of 12 sq km.
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