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Oil spill in Sharjah under control, says official

About 80% of the oil slick has been cleared

Oil spill in Sharjah under control, says official
(Image: WAM)

Local authorities have managed to bring most of the oil spill on the southern shore of Sharjah’s Kalba city under control.

According to state news agency, WAM, Hana Saif Al Suwiadi, chairperson of the Environment and Natural Reserves Authority in Sharjah, said about 80 percent of the oil slick has been cleared.

She said the oil spill might have been caused by a variety of crude oil from tankers, wells, marine platforms and refined petroleum products such as gasoline and diesel.

“Such oil spills have an impact on marine flora and fauna. Therefore, efforts should be made from the moment the spill is detected. Our team spared no efforts to contain the oil spill,” Al Suwiadi added.

Last month, local media reports said that a number of hotels in Al Aqah, Fujairah, banned guests from swimming after a two-kilometre oil slick washed ashore.