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United Nations sent team of international experts to clean up Sundarbans oil spill

Dec 19, 2014 15:15 IST

The United Nations (UN) on 18 December 2014 sent a team of international experts to help Bangladesh in cleaning up the Sundarbans oil spill. The team belonging to the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) was sent on a request from Bangladesh government.

The UN team will help Bangladesh government in the ground work and will also conduct an assessment and advise on recovery and risk reduction measures. The team comprises of experts from Britain, European Union, France and the United States.

Besides, the UN asked Dhaka to impose a complete ban on the movement of commercial vessels through the Sundarbans.

Sundarbans, the world largest mangrove forest, was hit by huge oil spill after an oil-tanker carrying 350000 litres of furnace oil collided with another vessel in Mongla near River Shela in Bangladesh on 9 December 2014.

The oil spill has now spread 350 sq km inside the delicate protected mangrove forest area that are home to rare Irrawaddy and Ganges dolphins and endangered Royal Bengal Tigers.

The accident occurred inside one of three sanctuaries set up for the dolphins in 2011 after studies found they are home to some 6000 dolphins.

Sunderbans are spread over an area of 10000 sq km and is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. The delta comprises a network of rivers and canals straddling Bangladesh and India.


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