Seychelles. An Italian cruise ship on its way to Madagascar was recovered on March 1 after a fire broke out on board when the ferry was outside the Seychelles. The fire in one of the generators made the ship powerless and the engines stopped working. The ship, Costa Allegra, with more than 1,000 people on board, sent emergency signals while it was roaming around the Indian Ocean for three days waiting for rescue. In addition, Somali pirates are active in the area and have attacked ships there. On board the Costa Allegra, therefore, there were members of the Italian navy’s anti-piracy force.
Several vessels and tugs, including from the Seychelles, helped to bring the ferry in to the port on the main island of Seychelles, Mahé. The more than 600 passengers on board testified afterwards that the crew of more than 400 people was untrained for the emergency. Costa Allegra belongs to the same shipping company as the luxury ship Costa Concordia, which was due outside Italy in January 2012, which killed 32 lives.
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D’Arros, one of the islands of Seychelles, was sold in August by one of the world’s most wealthy women to a company dedicated to environmental protection. The seller was the Frenchman Liliane Bettencourt, heiress to the beauty empire L’Oréal. She had bought D’Arros in 1998 for $ 18 million and sold the island for $ 60 million, according to the Seychelles government. The fact that Bettencourt was the owner of the island was revealed in 2010 when French authorities discovered that she had been taxed because she had not declared possession of the island. Bettencourt later admitted tax evasion. She also agreed to pay $ 8 million to the state of Seychelles for unpaid taxes in connection with the purchase. She would also pay more than $ 10 million in taxes in connection with the sale of the island. The island was sold to a company linked to a Swiss foundation that works with marine protection.
According to countryaah, the population of Seychelles in 2012 was 94,867, ranking number 200 in the world. The population growth rate was 0.800% yearly, and the population density was 206.4739 people per km2.