Two fuel tankers crossing the frozen Khuvsgul Lake fell into the water on the night of February 8-9, killing one driver. The two tankers were carrying 6,740 liters and 6,510 liters of fuel respectively but the containers did not open and no oil has leaked.
One truck was lifted on February 12 and all the fuel taken out, but the other is 45 meters below the lake surface, waiting to be brought up. Preparations are taking time as the rescue team wants to make sure that the fuel does not escape during the pulling up.
This is the first time such an accident has taken place since the 1960s. The fresh water lake contains 68.5% of the water in Mongolia and an oil spill can have very bad consequences for the ecology.
Source: Ardiin Erkh
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