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Even if Rs.100 bn is paid as compensation, environmental damage cannot be restored

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Even if Rs. 100 billion is paid to the government as compensation for the MV X-Press Pearl ship that caught fire in Sri Lankan waters, the damage caused to the environment cannot be restored, Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said.

He said the government had paid maximum attention to the damage caused by the ship fire.

"Investigations should be carried out into the cause of the fire and against those who allowed the ship to enter Sri Lankan waters.  Also, action should be taken to punish the persons irrespective of their rank," he said.

"The government is concentrating on preventing an oil spill if the ship sinks. If an oil spill occurs, it will cause massive environmental damage," Minister Amaraweera said. 

Therefore, the President insisted that further steps regarding the ship should be given priority according to the opinion of the experts and that in case of an oil spill, it should be avoided according to the opinion of the experts, the Minister said.

Several ship burning incidents have taken place in the Sri Lankan waters in a short period. Therefore, the Government is focusing on obtaining facilities and equipment that the country should have to prevent further shipwrecks in the future, he said.

It is important to prevent possible environmental damages and all responsible persons should be punished, he said. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • MONA Wednesday, 02 June 2021 02:43 PM

    HAS IT BEEN REALLY PAID , OR AN ASSUMPTION TO HOOD WINK US ???

    Harry Potter Wednesday, 02 June 2021 02:57 PM

    Being an import country it is better to get the equipments to prevent disaster without pocketing the funds

    Arun Wednesday, 02 June 2021 03:07 PM

    Realization!!! A Rare commodity in mother Lanka.

    roni Wednesday, 02 June 2021 03:13 PM

    Now you are talking. Get all those who have been negligent of their duty, big or small and punish them severely.Ensure they never more to hold public office and receive salary or any payment from the state. This damage is bigger than both Bond scams together.

    True to heart Wednesday, 02 June 2021 03:28 PM

    It's a disaster of unimaginable magnitude but we don't believe in your concern as it sounds artificial.Sorry

    BE FAIR Wednesday, 02 June 2021 03:33 PM

    Wasn't this anticipated in the 1st instance..? Are you confident that Maximum attention and effort was directed to contain the situation...??

    ravin Wednesday, 02 June 2021 03:36 PM

    We are not lucky enough to get any benefit of restoring at least part of the environment damaged as all funds will be siphoned out by invincible characters.

    LONPOL Wednesday, 02 June 2021 03:40 PM

    SEE VERY WISE GUY. EVEN GRADE 1 KIDS KNOWS THIS...LOL CHI-LANKAN POLITICIANS

    Vijaya Wednesday, 02 June 2021 05:21 PM

    Couldn't we quickly arrange a method to pump diesel from a ship to another ship before it sank?

    Joshua Thursday, 03 June 2021 11:14 AM

    For his knowledge he should be in the US Senate !

    Harry Roland Thursday, 03 June 2021 11:08 PM

    Even a grade 10 kid knows you cannot pour water on any acid, it will only aggravate the situation. Whoever the fools who sprayed water for days didn't know that? Thats why the fire took so long to be extinguished.


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