Sri Lanka’s Marine Protection Environment Authority has removed approximately 1000 MT of waste from the islands beaches following the disaster on board the X-Press Pearl.
“We are doing a clean up process covering 200 km of beach area,” said Darshani Lahandapura, the Chairperson of the Marine Environment Protection Authority, adding almost 190 km stretch of the coastline has been cleared of debris.
She said MEPA is following a three-step strategy to address the X-Press Pearl disaster.
01. Accelerated & Proper Clean-up
02. Environmentally Responsible Disposal of Waste
03. Restoration as per the damage assessment.
The 1000 MT of collected waste is stored in a yard which has a license for hazardous waste storage, she said the disposal of the waste will be carried out according to the guidelines given by the Central Environment Authority.
Sri Lanka’s State Minister of Ports and Shipping told News 1st that following talks with the Attorney General and the Justice Minister a claim of USD 40 million was made for the damage caused by the X-Press Pearl.
“This is a preliminary claim and in the future that figure would increase to a much larger amount.” he told reporters.