Lorraine Chow – March 31, 2018
The blaze is now under control but the oil continues to spread. According to BBC News, the slick currently covers an area of seven square miles and threatens to further pollute the waters.
Fishermen told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation the spill has killed at least one protected dugong and the contamination could destroy their livelihoods.
“It’s a fire hazard and the smell is still there,” local fisherman Maspele told the publication Monday.
Hundreds of locals have reported health issues including difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting from the smell of fuel and black smoke.
The city has distributed masks to protect residents, the Jakarta Post reported.