Northern Cyprus Tries To Fight Off Syrian Oil Slick
An oil slick spreading from a Syrian power plant drew closer Wednesday to the breakaway north of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus despite urgent efforts to stop the spread
Nicosia, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 1st Sep, 2021 ) :An oil slick spreading from a Syrian power plant drew closer Wednesday to the breakaway north of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus despite urgent efforts to stop the spread.
Environmental and transport officials in the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) -- recognised only by Ankara -- said the oil had approached to within 15 nautical miles (28 kilometres) of the divided island's northeastern tip.
The North's development and transport minister Resmiye Canaltay said Tuesday that shifting winds had temporarily pushed the fuel back toward Syria.
"There will be major damage to our habitat," Canaltay told local television.
They added that marine life was in particular danger because some of the oil had started to solidify and sink to the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea.
Turkey has sent two ships to the region to help contain and recover the oil.
Local officials also planned to send out drones to survey the affected area and assess where it might reach the shore.