Mystery shipwreck causes disastrous oil spill off Trinidad and Tobago

Emergency workers in Trinidad and Tobago are scrambling to clean up a massive oil spill after a mystery vessel ran aground near the Caribbean island, casting a pall over Carnival tourism.
Prime Minister Keith Rowley on Sunday declared a national emergency as oil leaking from the vessel affected some 15km (nearly 10 miles) of coastline.
“Cleaning and restoration can only begin as soon as we have the situation under control. Right now, the situation is not under control,” Rowley told journalists.
Environmental officials said the spill has damaged a reef and Atlantic beaches, a dire sign for the islands’ resorts and hotels that are the lifeline of the local economy during the Carnival season.
The spill comes at the height of the Carnival, threatening the tourist business that is crucial to the dual-island nation’s economy. Al Jazeera’s John Hendren reports. Subscribe to our channel
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