[vc_row][vc_column][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]According to the Sri Lankan government, the marine turtle deaths reported near Colombo in recent weeks were caused by fire and pollution from the wrecked containership X-Press Pearl.

In an interview with The Nation, Minister C.B. Rathnayake of Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Wildlife and Foreign Conservation claimed, “A big number of sea creatures in the ocean have died as a result of the fire aboard [X-Press Pearl].” “As a result, investigations into the cause of death were done, and unmistakable traces of acid burns were apparent on the dead sea turtles.”

According to the Associated Press, the X-Press Pearl was transporting roughly 80 containers of dangerous commodities, including a 25-tonne shipment of nitric acid. The acid cargo had been leaking for more than a week before she arrived off the coast of Colombo, and investigators believe it was to blame for the fire that led to her sinking.

Following the sinking of the X-Press Pearl, the Ministry of Wildlife was entrusted with assessing the enormous number of dead turtles that began washing up at the wreck site. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, around 100 turtle carcasses have been collected so far, with many showing evidence of neck and shell injury.

The ministry contacted the University of Peradeniya, the Ragama Teaching Hospital, and technical support partners in Singapore to determine the problem.”The reports of the investigations will be made public as soon as possible,” Minister Rathnayake said.

There have also been about a dozen dead dolphins and one dead whale discovered, with autopsies underway to ascertain the cause of death.

Dead Turtles
Dead fishPC: Twitter

Dead Turtles PC: Twitter

The country’s Ministry of Justice is launching its own inquiry into the circumstances of the sinking, and it has formed five subcommittees to follow up on the various threads – one for insurance, fishing, the environment, the economy, and legal issues. It has already filed a claim for $40 million against the owner of the X-Press Pearl for the initial firefighting response, excluding costs associated with the sinking and subsequent pollution.

Separately, two fishermen have petitioned the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka for compensation for all fishing communities harmed by the X-Press Pearl accident. Following the sinking, around 7,700 fishing households lost income, and another 2,100 families in the shoreside portions of the seafood value chain saw their revenue stream curtailed. Under Sri Lanka’s Fundamental Rights statute, they are requesting $2,500 in relief for each household.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_images_carousel images=”533,528,525,536,526,527,529,530,531,532,535″ img_size=”full” autoplay=”yes” title=”Gallery”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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