Large Oil Spill kindles the coast of Borneo in Indonesia. Indonesian government has declared state of emergency to stop spreading the deadly oil spillage.
Over the weekend, four fishermen in the port city of Balikpapan found dead after the fuel ignited. According to Indonesian authorities, the risk of further fires is increasing so as the oil slick continues to spread.
Issuing a state of emergency will help for the release of government funds to local authorities in efforts to contain the spill and clean-up operations.
Impacts of Oil Spillage
The Balikpapan Environmental Agency has cautioned the members of the local community to escape activities which could spark fires. Moreover, hundreds of people are complaining about health issues like, difficulty in breathing, nausea and vomiting since Saturday’s spill.
The spill looms to further contaminate the fishing waters along the coast. It currently covers an area of 12 sq km (seven sq miles).
Balikpapan is home to a large oil refinery which belongs to the state-owned company Pertamina. Balikpapan fishermen said that they will take part in a protest on Wednesday to hold the Indonesian government and Pertamina to explain for the spill.
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