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India Not Affected By Bangladesh Oil Spill, Say Officials

India has not been affected by a massive oil spill in the waters of Sundarbans delta on the Bangladesh side, forest department officials said.

"Our staff have been patrolling the border region over the past three to four days," Sundarbans Tiger Reserve's field director Soumitra Dasgupta told Press Trust of India (PTI) on Wednesday.

"No effects from the oil spill have been seen on the Indian side so far.

Wildlife on the Indian side is safe from the spill," he said.

Last week, a tanker and vessel collided on the Bangladesh side of the Sundarbans delta, leading to the spilling of more than 350,000 litres of furnace oil into the waters.

The tiger reserve has alerted the Border Security Force (BSF) and a disaster management team to take precautionary measures.

Formed by the Ganga, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers, the world's largest delta is spread across India and Bangladesh.

It is an archipelago of more than a hundred islands known for its mangrove forests and endangered species such as the royal Bengal tigers and Irawadi dolphins.

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December 18, 2014
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