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UN official: The sunken ship off the coast of Sri Lanka caused great damage to the planet

The United Nations representative in Sri Lanka, Hana Sanger Hamdy, said that the sinking of a container ship that caught fire while transporting chemicals off the capital Colombo recently, has caused great harm to the planet by releasing hazardous substances into the ecosystem.

The United Nations Coordinator added - according to the American "ABC News" network, today, Sunday, that an environmental emergency of this type causes great damage, threatening the lives and livelihoods of residents in coastal areas.

The United Nations said, earlier, that it is coordinating international efforts and assisting Sri Lanka in assessing damage and recovery efforts and preventing such disasters from occurring in the future.

It is noteworthy that the ship "Express Pearl" - flying the flag of Singapore - sank last Thursday, a month after a fire broke out, which raised fears of a possible environmental disaster.

The Sri Lankan Navy believes the fire was caused by chemicals on board - which included 25 tons of nitric acid and other chemicals - ignited, most of which were destroyed during the fire. Debris, including burnt fiberglass and tons of plastic pellets, has already been caused. , polluting nearby beaches.