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E N Full Summer Summer, no more bathes on the beach of the seaside resort of Ancon, not far from the capital Lima: since the Black tide that has defiled the coast of the center of Peru , the cleaning brigades replaced the holidaymakers.

"Tidal tides make the oil arrives on the beach during the night (...) The tide drops the oil on the shore, we take the opportunity to remove it from the sea and remove the sand that is impregnated", Explain to the AFP Martinez, of the NGO Amaac Peru, which supervises the cleaning operations on this beach.

For a week, the Peruvian coasts north of Lima are soiled by oil that has spread in the sea during the gross unloading process of a tanker at the refinery of the Pampilla, the property of the Spanish Company RepSol.

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More than 6,000 barrels of crude have spilled themselves into the sea and now comprise at least 18 km2.

Now, the only occupants of anconal beach, which stretches over two kilometers, are a hundred people with work to try to clean the premises.

participate in the military, staff employed by the refinery and Volunteers of AMAAC and other NGOs.

"This is the first time I have help for this type of disaster," says AFP Estefani Garcia, a 23-year-old student with gloves and clothing clothing.

with other volunteers, she deposits shovels of soiled sand on large tarpaulins that are then transported on the top of the beach, then evacuated on trucks to toxic waste deposits.

in parallel, a mechanical excavator pupils a sand wall to prevent the already displaced contaminated sand again carried away by the tides.

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"This is a problem that requires the help of all," says Lino Merino, 26, launching a call to the good wishes while cleaning the beach could take at least two weeks.

While a hundred craft fishermen expressed Thursday in front of the doors of the refinery to claim compensation, the traders of the seaside resort are also angry. The holidays of the Summer Austral bring them the bulk of their income.

"Until Sunday, there were a lot of people. The oil tide arrived on Monday and since no one comes to swim," regrets with AFP Richard Gutierrez, 48, who holds a snack near the beach .

The government has described the oil spill of "ecological disaster" and Peruvian justice has opened an investigation.

For its part, the refinery rejects responsibility for maritime conditions, ensuring that the Peruvian authorities had not issued a possible alert to strengthening the swell due to the volcanic eruption to the Tonga .

The Tonga Islands suffered a particularly powerful volcanic eruption that caused a generalized tsunami, flooding coasts of the United States until Chile and Japan.

In Peru, two women died drowned on a beach in the north of the country due to "abnormal waves", according to the National Center for Local Emergency Operations.

22/01/2022 07:54:47 - Ancon (Peru) (AFP) - © 2022 AFP

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