Oil from spill in Brazil washes up in Rio state

  • Sunday 24, November 2019 11:04 AM
  • Oil from spill in Brazil washes up in Rio state
Sharjah24 – AFP : Oil from a spill that has contaminated a stretch of Brazil's coast was detected in Rio de Janeiro state, the navy said Saturday, as President Jair Bolsonaro warned the country was preparing for the worst.
Some 300 grams -- a small quantity of oil -- were found far from the region's most famous beaches, in the sand in the town of Sao Joao da Barra, as the spill moves southward.

The town is located about 300 kilometers (180 miles) north of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's tourism capital, and far from the state's most emblematic beaches such as Copacabana.

"The samples analyzed are compatible with the oil found on the northeast coast," the navy said in a statement.

Patches of oil have turned up along a 2,000-kilometer stretch of Atlantic coastline, after oil started tarnishing beaches in Paraiba state in late August.

It has since spread dramatically and reached Espirito Santo state, which neighbors Rio.

Brazil's environmental protection agency Ibama has identified more than 700 locations where the coast has been contaminated.