Oil spill in Peru: UN team travels to country to help deal with disaster

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A team of nine UN experts arrived in Lima on Monday to help authorities deal with an oil spill in Peru linked to a volcanic eruption in the Tonga Islands, UN spokesman Stefan Duzarric said.

“They will make a rapid assessment of the social and environmental impact of the disaster, helping the authorities to manage and coordinate their response,” he said.

“The team is made up of experts from the Humanitarian Office and the United Nations Environment Program, who specialize in assessing pollution and responding to hydrocarbon spills,” he said.

The experts “will also advise authorities on incident management and planning in dealing with emergencies, marine chemistry, analyzing and mapping geographic data, and dealing with disasters.”

The team “is scheduled to continue for two weeks” its work in the field. It will also provide “technical advice to reduce the risk of future oil spill disasters,” according to Stefan Duzarik.

The Peruvian government on Saturday declared a “state of emergency” for 90 days in the coastal area affected by the spill of some 6,000 barrels of crude oil, an oil spill that continues to spread.

The Peruvian coast north of Lima has been contaminated by oil spilled into the sea during the unloading of crude oil from a tanker at the La Pampia refinery, owned by the Spanish oil company Repsol and located on the outskirts of the capital.

According to the refinery, the accident, on January 15, was caused by the sudden strong waves, the tsunami due to the volcanic eruption in the Tonga Islands.


Source From: Capital

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