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Crews in India are working to clean up an oil spill that occurred over the weekend after two ships collided.

According to the BBC, the spill occurred off the coast of the city of Chennai after two ships collided, releasing one tonne of fluid into the water, BBC said.

The accident occurred on Saturday when the MT BW Maple collided with the MT Dawn Kanchipuram as the Dawn made its way to the Ennore Port, the International Business Times said.

According to the Times of India, more than 50 tonnes of released fluid have been removed by the Indian Coast Guard.

A Coast Guard official told the Times of India it will take another two days to cleanup an additional 20 tonnes of material.

More than 300 people are working to clean up impact shorelines using buckets due to a lack of equipment, the Indian Express said.

The Indian National Center for Ocean Information Services, Hyderabad, told the Times of India that the oil slick has impacted about 18 miles of coastline.

BBC said that crews are working to cleanup oil slicks have reached beaches in Chennai.

The spill has reportedly impacted marine life in the area but no injuries have been reported.


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