Japan disaster team arrives in Manila to help with oil spill

A disaster relief team from Japan has arrived in Manila to help clean up an oil spill from a sunken tanker in the central Philippines.

Japan Coast Guard officials arrived on Friday following a request from the Philippine government. Joint operations begin on Saturday.

The spill occurred at the end of February off the coast of Mindoro Island. It came from a tanker under the Philippine flag that sank following engine trouble. The ship was carrying 800,000 liters of industrial oil.

The authorities have declared a state of calamity and imposed a swimming and fishing ban. It affects around 18,000 fishers in 60 villages.