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Oil spill in Bangladesh Sunderbans; India on high alert

Ecological disaster in the making; India on high alert

An ecological disaster is in the making in the Sunderbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest spanning across the Indo-Bangla border, after an oil tanker collided with an empty cargo vessel. The incident spilled nearly 350 tonnes of oil into the Sela river, threatening the survival of multiple species of flora and fauna. The collision sent Indian official agencies, including the West Bengal forest department, Border Security Force (BSF) and the Coast Guard, into a tizzy on speculation that the spillage might cross over to the Indian side of the forest. The Sunderbans is ...