Four hectares of coral reefs damaged

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Four hectares of coral reefs were damaged when a vessel carrying coal ran aground off the coast of Sarangani province in the Philippines.

The Panamanian-registered cargo vessel m/v Double Prosperity ran aground on Sunday at Bakud Reef off the coast of Kiamba town in Sarangani province, according to Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape area superintendent Dirie Macabaning.

Macabaning said his office initially placed the value of the damage caused by the incident on the reef at P30 million.

He said the reef is located 2.5 miles off the coast of Kiamba town in Sarangani province.

More than half of the m/v Double Prosperity remains stuck at a portion of Bakud Reef.