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Czechs to help Philippines clean up oil spill

October 11, 2006

PRAGUE, Oct 10 (CTK) – Two Czech experts will leave for the Philippines by the end of the week to help clean up areas damaged by an oil leak in August.

A tanker carrying 2 million litres of oil sank off Guimaras Island close to the Philippines on August 11. At least 200 km of the coast and 40,000 people were afflicted by the accident. Philippine authorities estimated that the full recovery after the accident can take up to three years.

Czech experts will propose cleaning up the leaked oil using special bacteria.

The Czech interior and foreign ministries and the firefighters’ corps have decided on the aid on the basis of a Philippine request.

(Published in the Prague Daily Monitor, Oct. 11, 2006).

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