The vessel ran aground on 25 July, and on Thursday, it turned out that some fuel leaked from the ship. Space images show a big black spot around MV Wakashio.
"A state of environmental emergency has been declared", the prime minister wrote on his Twitter page on Saturday.
L’état d'urgence environnementale a été décrété. A state of environmental emergency has been declared. https://t.co/QH60CbC9y1— Pravind Jugnauth (@PKJugnauth) August 7, 2020
He stressed that Mauritius could not float the vessel off itself and requested assistance from French President Emmanuel Macron as well as the United Nations.