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Ship carrying 15,000 sheep sinks as thousands of livestock drown in disaster – World News

The total value of the dead cattle, over 15,000 sheep, was around 14 Saudi riyals (3 million pounds) and were en route from the Sudanese port of Suakin to Saudi Arabia when the disaster struck

A sheep is rescued ashore after the ship sinks
A sheep is rescued ashore after the ship sinks

A ship carrying 15,000 sheep has sunk as thousands of livestock drowned in the disaster.

Thousands of sheep drowned in Sudan’s Red Sea port of Suakin on Sunday, with the entire crew surviving, officials said.

The cattle ship was en route from the Sudanese port of Suakin to Saudi Arabia when it was underway when it sank.

“The ship Badr 1 sank in the early hours of Sunday morning,” a senior Sudanese port official said on condition of anonymity.

He continued, “It was carrying 15,800 sheep, which was beyond its carrying capacity.”

Another official said all crew members were rescued but raised concerns about the economic and environmental impact of the accident.







Some sheep are brought to safety after the ship Badr 1, stuffed with thousands of animals, sinks
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They said: “The sunken ship will affect the operations of the port. It will also likely have an environmental impact as the large number of animals carried by the ship will die.”

The total value of the dead cattle was around 14 Saudi riyals (3 million pounds), said Saleh Selim, the head of the association’s livestock department, who has called for an urgent investigation into the incident.

He said of the total number on board, around 700 sheep were rescued but found very ill and he “doesn’t expect them to live long”.







The livestock transport ship exported the animals from Sudan to Saudi Arabia
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He said the sheep were loaded onto the ship at the port of Suakin, the historic port city that was once the main foreign trade center.

This will be the second inspection of the port in just one month, as a major fire broke out in the port’s cargo area last month, lasting hours and causing serious damage.

The port was slated for rehabilitation, but a 2017 deal with Turkey to restore historic buildings and expand docks was put on hold after longtime President Omar al-Bashir was ousted.







Men search for sheep after ship sank in Sudan’s Red Sea
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Omar al-Khalifa, the head of the national exporters’ association, said it took the ship several hours to sink at the pier, suggesting it was “able to be rescued” in that time.

Sudan is gripped by a chronic economic crisis that worsened after last year’s military coup led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

A military takeover in October dealt a blow to the country’s democratic transition and plunged the nation into turmoil.







Men in a boat search for sheep after the ship Badr 1, stuffed with thousands of animals, sank
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Western governments, demanding the restoration of an established government after Bashir’s fall, have cut aid.

On Friday, Sudan’s leading pro-democracy group met with the country’s generals for the first time since last year’s military coup, the United States Embassy in Sudan said.

This could signal a breakthrough in attempts to bring the country’s democratic transition back to normal.

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