In pictures: Bangladesh oil spill clean-up

An oil spill from a crashed tanker in Bangladesh’s Sundarbans waterways is threatening a rare dolphin sanctuary and part of the world’s largest mangrove forest.

Despite the threat to the environment and people’s livelihoods, some local residents are also finding ways to make money from the clean-up efforts.

A child near oil-covered plants
Image captionThousands of litres of oil leaked into Sundarbans’ waterways following a collision involving a tanker. Much of the surrounding environment is now toxic.
The damaged oil tanker
Image captionThe tanker, believed to be carrying 350,000 litres (75,000 gallons) of oil, collided with another vessel on 9 December. It has now been brought to shore.
Oil marks on the mangrove trees inside the Sundarban Forest
Image captionThe oil spill covered nearly 40 miles (60km) of waterways. At low tide, oil marks are still clearly visible on the mangrove trees inside the Sundarban Forest.
Oil stuck to houses built on the river bank
Image captionThe spill has affected the people who have homes by the Sela River and make a living from the waterways.
Oil-covered houses by the river
Image captionMany people continue to use water from the river for their daily household needs, despite the risks to their health.
People collecting oil from forest riverbed
Image captionThe Forest Department has engaged local people to help with clean-up efforts.
People collecting the oil.
Image captionVillagers have been scooping oil from the rivers using pots and pans.
People to collect oil from the river in Sundaban forest
Image captionThe people who usually fish in the Sela River are now busy collecting the oil.
Oil being drummed
Image captionIt has become a source of income for many. Some of the oil is put into drums and sold to a state-owned oil company after it is collected.
People boiling oil-covered plants
Image captionDead plants collected from the forest are also being boiled in an effort to extract some oil for sale.
People collect spilt oil
Image captionIt can be a lucrative business. For some, collection of oil has become more profitable than fishing.
Cargo vessels waiting on the Pashur River
Image captionCargo vessels are forced to wait on Pashur River while the clean-up is under way.
Oil-covered mangrove roots near the river bank
Image captionThe Sundarbans area contains part of the world’s largest mangrove forest. But locals say mangroves by the river bank are going to die, as oil from the spillage has covered their roots.

 

 

Source: BBC