Oil Spill in Indonesia – level 2

10-04-2018 07:00

In the Indonesian port city of Balikpapan, there is an oil spill. It has killed four people and one person is missing. The spill has spread to around 18 square kilometres.

People complained of a strong smell of fuel in the area, and hundreds reported health issues. Leaders gave out over 1,300 masks to people.

The oil damaged fishermen’s boats and they cannot reach the fish. They held a protest at the mayor’s office, asking for help.

People are trying to find the source of the leak and find out the level of damage.

Difficult words: oil spill (when oil gets into the sea), spread (move, cover the area of), source of the leak (where the oil is coming from).

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