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Peru declares weather emergency following oil spill

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This Thursday (20), Peruvian President Pedro Castillo will sign an order declaring a climate emergency. After the A blast, the brigades struggled to contain the oil spill caused by the waves Volcano in Tonga, Its damage spread to 21 beaches in the center of the country.

Hours after an underwater volcanic eruption off the coast of Tonga in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday (15) off the Peruvian coast, when a tanker unloaded oil into the La Pampilla refinery through a pipeline, faulty waves caused the leak. , From the Spanish company Repsol.

The Environmental Assessment and Inspection Agency (OPA, acronym for Spanish) said in a statement that as of this Thursday, the area affected by the leak had increased to 1.7 million, according to aerial views obtained using drones. On land and 1.2 million square meters at sea.

“Inanimate birds have been identified,” the agency added.

This Wednesday (19), the Peruvian government described Lima as the “worst environmental disaster” because it endangered the flora and fauna of two natural regions and demanded immediate compensation for the damage.

Repsol said in a statement on Thursday that 10 ships with a brigade of 50 people and more than 2,500 meters of container barriers have been installed and a team of designated diving experts is exploring the underwater damage. The product was thrown into the sea.

“We regret that all our commitments and actions to address the impact of the oil spill have not been adequately communicated,” the company said.

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