Public warned of debris with chemicals reaching the shore

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Packages or debris containing toxic material from the distressed vessel off the coast of Sri Lanka may reach the shore around Colombo or Negombo, authorities warned.

Assistant Director of the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) Pradeep Kodippili said the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) has requested the public to refrain from touching or opening the packages.

He said MEPA has urged the public to inform the Police, tri-forces or contact the DMC hotline on 117 if they come across any of the toxic material or debris.

Kodipilli said eight cargo containers consisting of chemical materials have fallen into the sea after a fire had reignited on the vessel due to an explosion.