The hard donations have been made by the inhabitants of the island and are used together with leaves from sugar cane to catch the oil at the water surface and then suck it up with the help of hoses, reports Reuters. 

- Hair absorbs oil but not water. There has been a big campaign on the island to get as much hair as possible, says Romina Tello, founder of the travel agency Mauritius Conscious, to the news agency.

Several activities on the island also offer their resources and premises to help with the work and support volunteers. Both Japan and France have sent assistance and equipment to the island.

"Preparing us for the worst possible"

The island nation has declared a state of emergency after around 1,000 tonnes of oil leaked from the Japanese-owned cargo ship that ran aground off southeastern Mauritius at the end of July. Hundreds of tonnes have been salvaged from the ship, but 2,000 tonnes remain and risk leaking.

Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth announced on Monday that the leak from the damaged oil tank had been stopped, but at the same time pointed out that the situation remains very serious.

Several cracks have been discovered on the stranded ship, which could lead to even greater destruction.

- We are preparing for the worst case scenario, says Jugnauth.