clean-up operations have helped to remove 584 tons of plastic pellets washed
ashore from the burnt container ship X Presss Pearl, in the Sri lankan west
coast along Colombo Port according to Sri Lankan media reports.
Environment Protection Authority, the Coast Conservation Department, the Navy
and the Air Force are jointly carrying out beach cleaning activities.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa recently inspected the coast strewn with the
debris from the ship.
The clearing of the nine-kilometre-long
coastline is being carried out by the Western Command of the Sri Lankan Navy.
commenced coastal clean-up on May 26th and by June 02, it had removed 584 tons
of plastic pellets.
Navy Western Command personnel are engaged in the tedious task of cleaning this
part of the coast daily from dawn to dusk. In addition, a team of Navy
lifeguards has also been deployed in the area. The Marine Environment
Protection Authority and the Coast Conservation Department also assisted the