Full report on MV X-Press Pearl disaster requested
By Faadhila Thassim
State Minister of Ornamental Fish, Inland Fish and Prawn Farming, Fishery Harbour Development, Multi Day Fishing Activities and Fish Exports, Kanchana Wijesekera instructed the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) to produce a complete report on the investigation carried out into the MV X-Press Pearl disaster in the next week.
During a discussion held with the heads of NARA on Wednesday (16), Wijesekera requested a full report on the probe over the next week as instructed by the Ministry of Justice and the Attorney General.
He added that it is crucial to compete investigations and produce a complete report in order to assess future steps and decisions. Steps to be adopted for the support of foreign institutions were also discussed together with the need to carry out a detailed investigation into the damage caused to the environment. Wijesekera further instructed NARA to collect and test samples of water and fish daily.