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Residents report nausea after an oil spill in the eastern province of Mindoro, Philippines

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A tanker carrying 800,000 liters of industrial fuel oil sank off the coast of the Philippines. Afterward, dozens of people reported vomiting, headaches, and nausea.

At least 43 people have been experiencing these symptoms of the disease since the oil reached the shores of the province of Oriental Mindoro, an island 140 kilometers southwest of Manila, Provincial Health Officer Selo Anti said on Wednesday. local media.

Ante added that no one had been hospitalized as of Wednesday evening. Authorities have yet to confirm whether the symptoms are a direct result of the oil spill. A curfew has been imposed for persons under the age of 21 in the municipality of Pula in the province, and the authorities have declared a state of calamity.

The tanker MT Princess Empress was sunk on 28 February. A passing freighter rescued its 20 crew. It is not yet clear why the ship sank.

The authorities said it Located The tanker was 7.5 nautical miles from Balingawan Point on Monday.

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said on Wednesday that he hoped the cleanup process would take less than a year four monthsand promised to make efforts to help the affected population.

Kazuhiko Koshikawa, Ambassador of Japan to the Philippines. announce on Twitter that Japan will send a team of disaster relief experts on oil removal and control. He added, “We are one with you in these difficult times.”

This comes a month after the Norfolk Southern train carrying hazardous materials derailed in East Palestine, Ohio. The researchers said that contamination in the soil, water and air after the accident could pose long-term risks to local residents.

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The floating oil spill boom was deployed Wednesday in the town of Pula, after days of rough sea conditions hampered previous efforts to contain the oil slick, Philippine Coast Guard spokesman Armando Palillo said. He said.

Black oil along the coast of Pula as seen in drone footage, after the sinking of an oil tanker off the coast of Oriental Mindoro in the Philippines on February 28 (Video: Reuters)

“In nine days, it gets worse. The stench from the oil gets stronger as the weather gets hotter,” Jennifer Cruz, Mayor of Pula, said. Tell CNN Philippines.

While the amount of diesel and industrial fuel oil that has seeped into the water is unknown, oil has been spotted as far south as Samara Island, more than 80 miles (130 km) from where the tanker sank.

The Philippine Institute of Marine Sciences predicted that more than 36,000 hectares Many coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass beds, including marine protected areas, may be affected by the disaster.

Thousands of fishermen were ordered to stay ashore and swimming was banned in at least seven coastal towns shortly after the spill, adding to the danger of the fishing and tourism-dependent economy of Oriental Mindoro. world famous tourist destination, BoracayIt is also said that he is in danger.