on Tuesday 12 October, 2021

Millions of people in Yemen could be left without water due to Red Sea oil spill

Anticipated spill from deteriorating Red Sea oil tanker threatens public health, Stanford-led study finds

A satellite image of the FSO Safer, which is moored off the coast of Yemen and contains about 1.1 million barrels of oil. Maxar Technologies via Getty Images
by : med.stanford.edu

The study’s senior author, David Rehkopf, an associate professor of epidemiology and population health, and co-director of the Stanford Centre for Population Health Sciences, said: “We knew of course that there would be some negative impacts of an oil spill, but were surprised by how many people would be impacted in the majority of our scenarios.

“We hope that puts more pressure on the international community to offload the oil and prevent this disaster.”