Leaked oil cleaned up in Egypt's Nasser Lake

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Egypt has cleaned up spilled diesel off the shores of Lake Nasser, official MENA news agency reported Thursday.

Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency said Monday that a cruise ship named "Isis" had leaked oil into the Nile, and resulted in an area of oil slick near Lake Nasser, located by the High Dam in Aswan governorate.

Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, Khaled Fahmy, ordered to survey the area, to contain and remove the spilled diesel, and to make sure there is no more oil leakage.

Two marine units are working in the lake, equipped with ambulances and fire extinguishers, a representative of the armed forces told MENA.

Much of the spilled oil evaporated due to high temperature, researchers said. The working groups and marine units used sponges to absorb the rest of it.

The Environmental Affairs Agency recommended to take legal measures against the cruise ship.

Last October, oil spilling was detected in the Nile in Aswan, which then leaked to neighboring Luxor, Qena, Sohag and Assuit governorates. In response, an anti-Nile River pollution unit was formed in Luxor governorate to regularly inspect tourist ships and other facilities that discharge wastes into the river.

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