Authorities are working hard to contain an environmental disaster in the Philippines after the locally flagged product tanker grounded near Marinduque as Typhoon Nina slammed into the archipelago.
The Obama was en route from Subic Bay to Tacloban when it ran into difficulties. The local coast guard has reported an oil spill in the vicinity of the grounded vessel and has urged the ship’s owner to get a salvage company in place fast. The accident took place in a famous diving area, with pristine coral reefs attracting many tourists every year.
Elsewhere, a ferry sunk and a roro ran aground as the typhoon took its toll on the Southeast Asian nation.