The extent of ecological and economic damange is yet to be known and coordination between the maritime board, the state disaster response team and the port authorities is absent
Tracking the oil spill
by DTE Staff
Concerns are elevating over the oil spill near Chennai, as revised estimates present proof of a much larger environmental disaster. In a new development, the Centre on February 4, has claimed that over 65 tonnes of sludge has been removed from the sea, and 90 per cent of the work is completed.
On the other hand, Tamil Nadu fisheries minister D Jayakumar, speaking to reporters on February 3, said nearly 85 per cent oil has been removed from the sea. The coast guard claimed that 72 tonnes of oil sludge has been removed.
Another media report claimed that the size of the spill was around 116 tonnes and would take 10 more days to be cleaned.
The scale of oil spill was initially estimated to be around 200 litres. The number was later updated to two tonnes and then three tonnes. It was revised again to 20 tonnes and later, 40 tonnes. The changing estimations and unsynchronised statements by officials not only raise questions on our understand of the disaster but more importantly, on our preparedness and ability to respond to it.
Chronology of the disaster
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