Two women drown in Peru due to Tonga volcanic eruption
Two women drowned on a beach in northern Peru due to "anomalous waves" registered after the volcanic eruption in Tonga, more than 10,000 kilometers away, local emergency services said on Sunday. The Center for national emergency operations said the unusually strong waves were "due to the volcanic activity in north Nuku'alofa, Tonga."The two women drowned on Saturday in Lambayeque.
© Valery Ax Ancon seaside stations, north of Lima, this Saturday. Teams are busy cleaning the discouraged amounts of oil that come to spread on the coast. AFP / Cree Bourconcle
words to the measurement of colossal damage. After the spill of 6000 barrels of crude oil a week ago on its coast, the Peruvian government announced on Saturday an "environmental emergency" of 90 days for the coastal zone damaged the oil tide which continues to expand and despair the inhabitants . This measure must allow "sustainable management of affected areas", with "recovery and sanitation works" to mitigate the consequences of this catastrophe, hope the authorities. For the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment, the Emergency Declaration is justified by the fact that the black tide "constitutes a sudden event with a significant impact on the coastal marine ecosystem of a great biological diversity" and represents a "risk". high for public health ". This statement indicates that REPSOL is responsible for implementing the immediate and short-term action plan. The Peruvian coasts north of Lima have been soiled by oil that has spread at sea during a gross oil unloading of a tanker at the Pampilla Refinery, owned by the Spanish Repsol company, in the region of Lima. According to the refinery, the accident held on January 15, was caused by violent swell, following the volcanic eruption in Tonga
. The Tanker, the "Mare Doricum" flying Italian flag, was charged with 965,000 barrels of crude oil. Mobilized, Repsol nevertheless refuses to take responsibility for its part, Repsol believes that it does not have to bear the responsibility of this disaster, pointing the fact that the Peruvian maritime authorities had not issued a warning about the possible consequences of the eruption. Tonga. The company nevertheless has deployed teams and specialized equipment to combat pollution at sea and on land. Saturday, Repsol published a cleansing operation, claiming that 1350 people were mobilized on the ground and ensuring "deploy all efforts to manage sanitation", including the use of floating barriers to attempt to contain the pollution. A threat to the fauna and flora according to the Peruvian authorities, the oil tide moves with the seascape towards the north, which jeopardizes the flora and fauna in two protected natural areas, the National Area of the Islands System and islets "about 512 hectares" and the protected area of ancon "on 1758 hectares". It has already polluted 21 beaches and caused the death of marine species while its potential economic effects are of concern, including the fishermen of any livelist and leading to the desertion of tourists. "It's the fauna, our lives and our jobs that are attacked", is despairing Rodney Vasquez, 30, captain of a small fishing boat, son of fisherman who has spent all his life in the coastal area of Ancon, Asked about the port. At its side, the Alfredo Roque fisherman fears a lasting influence on fishing. Fish babies "are already dead, young people, most eat by the sea, and the seaside is full of oil," he says. At the port of Ancon, only large ships, peach on the high seas, continue to work. But fish stalls remain empty, with deserted customers. "Nothing sells ... The fish has a smell of oil and people do not buy it ... They are afraid to be poisoned by the oil spill," says Giovana Rugel, 52, who sells fish at the entrance of the ancon jetty. A "immense economic loss" for tourism In addition to the fishing industry, the tourism sector is directly hit, restaurateurs, leases of parasols, street vendors ... The Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Roberto Sanchez, evaluated Saturday economic losses more than $ 50 million, all sectors combined, fishing and tourism mainly. "In normal season, between January and March (the summer season in Peru), five million people attend the affected beaches. The economic loss is immense, "said the minister, evoking a" mortally damaged tourism chain ". "Thousands of jobs are affected," he insisted. Tourists usually prelarging on the beaches of ancon have been replaced by the teams involved by the Petroleum Company RepSol and NGO volunteers, to shovele the soiled sand. Peru required Repsol compensation on Wednesday. He left him 10 days to comply with all cleaning and decontamination actions.
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