The MV Wakashio is split into two parts near Mauritius' Blue Bay Marine Park on Sunday, August 16.
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In pictures: Mauritius oil spill in the Indian Ocean

Updated 5:03 PM ET, Mon August 17, 2020

The MV Wakashio is split into two parts near Mauritius' Blue Bay Marine Park on Sunday, August 16.
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The island of Mauritius is facing an environmental emergency as a wrecked ship is leaking tons of diesel and oil into the Indian Ocean.

The vessel ran aground in late July at Pointe d'Esny, on the eastern shores of the island nation, according to local media reports and environmental campaigners. The location is close to the Blue Bay Marine Park reserve and several tourist beaches.

"Thousands of species around the pristine lagoons of Blue Bay, Pointe d'Esny and Mahebourg are at risk of drowning in a sea of pollution, with dire consequences for Mauritius' economy, food security and health," said Happy Khambule, a senior campaign manager at Greenpeace Africa.