IN PICTURES: Japanese ship leaking oil off Mauritius breaks apart

A Japanese bulk carrier that ran aground over three weeks ago, leaked tonnes of oil near Mauritius has split apart.

MV Wakashio, the carrier struck a coral a reef off Mauritius on July 25 and its hull began to crack after days of pounding waves. About 1,000 tons of heavy oil are estimated to have spilled from the ship, threatening the mangroves and marine life around.

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