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Mauritius Declares Emergency as Stranded Ship Spills Fuel

Bystanders look at the MV Wakashio bulk carrier in Mauritius on Aug. 6.

Bystanders look at the MV Wakashio bulk carrier in Mauritius on Aug. 6.

Photographer: Dev Ramkhelawon/AFP via Getty Images

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Johannesburg (AP) -- The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a “state of environmental emergency” after a Japanese-owned ship that ran aground offshore days ago began spilling tons of fuel.

Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth announced the development late Friday as satellite images showed a dark slick spreading in the turquoise waters near environmental areas that the government called “very sensitive.”