Calculating environmental damage of ‘X-Press Pearl’ fire begins

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The Marine Environment Protection Authority says the calculation of the environmental damage caused by the fire on the ‘X-Press Pearl’ cargo vessel has commenced. The Chairperson of MEPA, Attorney-at-Law Dharshani Lahandapura, said that several divisions were working together on this task.
Lahandapura further said that this will take some time as the relevant calculations will be carried out to cover all aspects.Discussions have been held with the Attorney General regarding the action to be taken in this regard, she added.
Meanwhile investigations are being conducted six divisions including the CID and the government analyst department into this incident. A high official of the CID stated that statements have been recorded from more than 25 persons including the captain and the chief engineer of the ship.

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