Big oil spill shuts down parts of Manila's fishing industry
MANILA (AFP) - A huge oil spill shut down parts of the Philippine capital's vital fishing industry on Friday, jeopardising the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people living along Manila Bay's diesel-coated coast.
Dead fish floated on the water and some residents fell ill from the fumes, as authorities said an estimated 500,000 litres of oil cast a slick across 20-km of the coastline.
"Many of our young and elderly residents are getting sick," Mr Marcos Solis, the captain of a fishing village near the worst of the oil spill, told AFP.
"The price of fish and shellfish has also collapsed. Even those who fish far out to sea are affected because the fish smell the oil and swim away."