Hong Kong closes 13 beaches as stinking, congealed palm oil washes ashore

Hong Kong closes 13 beaches as stinking, congealed palm oil washes ashoreHong Kong has closed more than a dozen beaches after a palm oil spill washed foul-smelling, Styrofoam-like clumps ashore, the latest major environmental disaster to blight the territory’s waters. The Chinese-controlled city closed two more beaches in the south of Hong Kong island on Tuesday, bringing to 13 the total shut since two vessels collided in the Pearl River estuary. It took two days for mainland Chinese authorities to inform Hong Kong about the collision, the government said.



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