Published: Tuesday 31 October 2000

Continuos oil slicks and coastal water pollution off the Chittagong coast of Bangladesh are reported to have killed 160 species of rare fishes and aquatic plants. Research has also indicated that oil spills are affecting the reproductive cycle of certain species. Oil spills from tankers cruising through the Bay of Bengal is very common. Apart from the spills, the tankers also discharge their used oil into the sea water disregarding all regulatory provisions.

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