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US, Japan, Singapore Help Assess Oil Spill

Apart from the United States, the Philippine government has also sought the help of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan

The U.S. Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are due to arrive Thursday to begin work with Philippine and international counterparts in assessing the oil spill off Guimaras Island, said the U.S. Embassy in Manila Wednesday.

Apart from the United States, the Philippine government has also sought the help of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan.

A Japanese disaster relief team arrived Tuesday in Manila to assess the damage caused by the oil spill, which is said to be the worst ecological disaster in the country's history.

The tanker sank on Aug. 11 at the Guimaras Strait in central Philippines while carrying some 2 million liters of bunker oil. At least 350,000 liters of oil have been spilled into the sea, causing widespread pollution.