Italy declares state of emergency on cruise liner wreck

January 21, 2012 11:51 am 

ROME, Jan. 21 — The Italian government on Friday declared a state of emergency on the disastrous wreck of cruise liner Costa Concordia.

There are fears of environmental disaster as sea storms may push the 290-meter-long ship, which ran aground the other Friday, killing at least 11 people into deeper water causing fuel leaks from its tanks.

A specialist team from Dutch company SMIT is preparing to pump 2,400 tons of fuels from the vessel tanks, which will take at least one month, according to local authorities. (PNA/Xinhua) scs/jsd

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