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Sri Lanka monitors oil spill from burning vessel “X-PRESS PEARL”.

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Sri Lankan authorities said on Wednesday that it is monitoring an oil spill from the burning foreign vessel, “X-PRESS PEARL” registered under the flag of Singapore, near the Port of Colombo.

The container ship, which was carrying 1,486 containers filled with 25 tons of Nitric Acid and several other chemicals and cosmetics from the port of Hazira, India, sent out a distress call on May 20, after it caught fire.

The Sri Lankan Navy immediately dispatched vessels to bring the fire under control and rescue teams from the Sri Lanka Navy and the Indian Navy were involved in joint efforts to douse the flames onboard. 425 kgs of dry chemical powder was dropped by Bell 212 helicopters to help extinguish the fire according to the Sri Lanka Air Force.

The 25 crew members were all rescued by the Sri Lanka Navy on Tuesday, with two injured Indian nationals being sent to a hospital for treatment, according to the Navy.

According to Sri Lankan State Minister of Fisheries Kanchana Wijesekera, by Tuesday evening signs of oil spills were found in the ocean near the burning vessel and the fisheries Department, the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA), the navy, the coast guard and other authorities were all working to contain the oil spill and minimize the damage to the marine environment on the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The latest video footage released by the Navy showed that the vessel is still engulfed by flames and rescue teams were trying to douse the fire Public was warned that the oil spill may waft towards the Negombo lagoon in the west coast of the country.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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Body of a 13 year old found in Hulhumale.

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Body of a 13 year old boy has been found in Hulhumale district of the capital city.

According to the Police Media Official, Police received a report in relation to an alleged case of abduction of a 13-year old boy, last Sunday. And amid further investigation of the case, police discovered the dead body of the child in the early hours of Tuesday, said Police.

The Police Media Official informed that two suspects; a 17 year old male and a 27 year old male have been apprehended in relation to the case.

The case is currently being investigated as a serious case said Police.

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President Solih departs on unofficial trip to Dubai.

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has departed on an unofficial two-day trip to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) this Monday to attend the funeral of his younger brother, Ahmed Mohamed Solih, who passed away, early Monday morning.

According to the press release published in the President’s Office website, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih will be returning to the Maldives this Wednesday.

54 year-old Ahmed Mohamed Solih was being treated for cancer in Dubai, according to local news sources.

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