Update February 27, 2015

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UN to release final report on tanker sunk in Shela River

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Ecological disaster after major oil spill in Sundarbans

Ecological disaster after major oil spill in Sundarbans

27 February 2015, Nirpad News: The United Nations (UN) observers will release their final report on Sunday about the tanker sunk in Shela River of Sundarbans.

They will present the report in a press conference in Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) auditorium of the city on Friday around 3:00 pm. UN Dhaka Office sources confirmed the matter to the press.

Earlier on December 9, an oil-tanker, carrying 350,000 litres oil, for a power plant in Gopalganj sank in Shela river near Chandpai range of Sundarbans after being hit by another tanker.

On December 15, the government sent a letter to UN for help and, in response, UN sent the observers team who stayed Sundarbans for six days to assess the extent of damage due to the oil spill and what measures can be taken immediately to recover from damage.

During their visit, the team observed accident spot and adjacent areas. They also evaluated the situation using different methods including interviews, aerial photography, sample collection and observation.

The 25-member delegation led-by Emilia Wahlstrom also contained government officers, university teacher, UNDP, USAID, Union Civil Protection Mechanism, France government and Wildlife Conservation Society.

The delegation, in a press conference on December 31 last year, said that the impact of the incident is little because of immediate actions to remove the oil spill.

However, they also recommended for a ban on the movement of vessels through the Sundarbans, which is a UNESCO-declared World Heritage Site.

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