Colombo: Hundreds of turtles have died off the west coast of Sri Lanka due to chemical pollution following a shipwreck. 176 turtles, 20 dolphins and four whales have died, Deputy Solicitor General Madava Tennakoon told a Colombo court on Wednesday.
The MV Express-Pearl, a Singapore-registered vessel, caught fire on May 20. The ship was carrying 1,486 containers, including 25 tons of nitric acid and other chemicals.
The ship sank on June 2.
Environmentalists say the case is the worst man-made environmental disaster in Sri Lanka.
Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said the ship was carrying more than 190 cargoes, most of which were plastic-based.
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