State Minister Nalaka Godahewa says that 513 containers out of the 1468 in the Express Pearl ship, were to be unloaded in Sri Lanka. He said that ocean life and Sri Lanka coast are under danger due to the destruction of containers in the ship. The disaster management unit has commenced cleaning the beach with the armed forces. Investigations have been launched to find persons responsible for the disaster. Local authorities have not been informed about the leak before the ship arrived in Sri Lanka. The state minister during a media briefing in Colombo today said that ship has sailed according to its legal route. Meanwhile, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugethenna said that the fire in the ship has been controlled to a large extend and there is no danger of the ship braking in to two.
State Minister Kanchana Wijesekara said that it was announced during the past few days not to engage in fishing activities in that sea area. Therefore unnecessary fear should not be entertained about the fish stocks purchased from the market. A decision has been taken to provide some relief to the fisheries community who lost their daily income due to the disaster. The State Minister said that there are about 38th sectors linked to the fisheries industry. He said that relief will be provided to people in all those sectors.