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Oil slick off the Philippine coast, photos

Coast Guard personnel deploy a boom to contain the oil spill from the sunken MT Princess Empress in Pula, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. 

Authorities are racing to contain an oil spill after an oil tanker sank off the coast of Oriental Mindoro, south of Manila. The tanker, MT Princess Empress, was carrying 800,000 litres of industrial oil when it sank on 28 February due to engine problems and rough seas. 

Marine experts estimate that some 36,000 hectares of coral reefs, mangroves and seaweed are at risk of being damaged.

The spill has also prompted authorities to ban fishing and swimming in contaminated waters, disrupting the livelihood of countless residents who rely on fishing and tourism to survive

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Oil slick off the Philippine coast, photos
Coast Guard personnel working to contain the oil spill from the sunken MT Princess Empress in Pula, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines.
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Oil slick off the Philippines, photos
Authorities are racing to contain an oil spill after an oil tanker sank off the coast of Oriental Mindoro, south of Manila.
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Oil slick off the Philippines, photos
The tanker, MT Princess Empress, was carrying 800,000 litres of industrial oil when it sank on 28 February due to engine problems and rough seas.
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Oil slick off the Philippines, photos
Marine experts estimate that some 36,000 hectares of coral reefs, mangroves and seagrasses are at risk of being damaged.
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Oil slick off the Philippines, photos
The spill also prompted authorities to ban fishing and swimming in contaminated waters, disrupting the livelihoods of countless residents who rely on fishing and tourism to survive.
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Oil slick off the Philippines, photos
Wearing gloves and armed with coconuts and plastic bottles, an army of volunteers is trying to clean up Philippine beaches poisoned by oil spilled from a ship.
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Oil slick off the Philippines, photos
It is a disaster of gigantic proportions, which is putting more than 20 marine protected areas at risk.
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Oil slick off the Philippines, photos
In the general indifference of the world, the people of the Philippines are in a race against time to save their beaches from the frightening oil spill.
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