The Environment Ministry Says that the Environment Protection Authority and the Disaster Management Centre are on the alert to face sudden fuel leak.
Deputy media director of the Disaster Management centre Sarath Lal kumara speaking to our news team had this to say….
Issuing a communiqué, the Environment Ministry says that there is a risk of a fuel leak from the Cyprus Government's merchant ship Thermopili Siyeraa anchored for a long time in the Panadura sea.
The Environment Ministry said that therefore preparation was being made for fixing the problem.
Yesterday the ship was completely submerged.
Disaster Management Centre said that a stock of about 70 metric tonnes of crude oil had stored in the ship had got mingled with sea water.
There were goods weighing 15 thousand 612 metric tonnes and 350 metric tonnes of fuel in this ship which 155 metres long and 127 metres broad.
Owing to a court verdict this ship had been anchored in the Panadura sea belt for five years.