Ecology | VOL. 15, ISSUE 90, May-June 2015

Bangladesh’s Sundarban

Calling for a Spill Proof Environment

Four months after the calamitous 2014 Sundarban oil spill, the UNESCO World Heritage Site recently became victim to yet another similar fortuity. A large vessel containing 500 metric tonne (MT) of potash sank into the Sundarban, maculating the entire stretch of the protected eco sensitive area. The ship, MV Jabal-e-Nur, was on its way to Baghabari in Sirajganj from Harbaria in Mongla (Fig 1) when it struck a sandbar. It subsequently submerged as its keel ruptured in the middle. According...

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