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by Kathryn Will for The News Portal at 7:22pm on 8th of October 2010

As toxic sludge from Hungary’s industrial disaster reaches the river Danube, officials claim no immediate harm.

Hungary was propelled into a state of emergency earlier this week when a huge containment reservoir burst, dumping a million cubic meters of crimson toxic sludge into nearby villages and rivers. Six people have died and over 150 have suffered serious injuries since the disaster occurred near the village of Kolontar last Monday. Fish from local rivers have reportedly been decimated

The owners of the manufacturing company responsible for this calamity claim there was “no sign of disaster”, calling it a “natural catastrophe”. Hungary’s Prime Minister, Victor Orban, was quick to respond, stating that “human error” must have played a part.

While experts remain hopeful that the damage to the Danube is minimal, officials are now concerned that warm weather could help spread the pollutants into the atmosphere, potentially causing the need for evacuations.


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Race to build toxic flood dam in Hungary
BBC - 6:28pm Sunday 10th of October 2010
Hungarian crews are racing against time to build an emergency dam as cracks widened at a burst reservoir that spilled toxic sludge. ...
About one million cubic metres of the waste material leaked out of the alumina plant reservoir into villages and waterways earlier this week, killing seven people, injuring 123 and fouling rivers incl ...
Hungary builds emergency dam
BBC - 5:10pm Sunday 10th of October 2010
Hungarian workers are building an emergency dam as cracks widened in a reservoir that spilled toxic sludge last week. ...
Cracks widen in broken Hungary reservoir
ITN - 3:37pm Sunday 10th of October 2010
Workers are racing to build an emergency dam in western Hungary as the threat of a second torrent of toxic sludge remains. ...
Hungary Races to Build Dam Amid New Sludge Threat
New York Times - 2:30pm Sunday 10th of October 2010
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Workers raced to build an emergency dam in western Hungary on Sunday as cracks in a reservoir widened, threatening to unleash a second torrent of toxic sludge on the village of Ko ...
Hungary Races to Build Dam as Reservoir Crack Widens
New York Times - 1:00pm Sunday 10th of October 2010
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Workers raced to build an emergency dam in western Hungary on Sunday as cracks in a reservoir widened, threatening to unleash a second torrent of toxic sludge on the village of Ko ...
No new cracks found on red sludge pool in Hungary
Hurriyet Dailynews - 11:30am Sunday 10th of October 2010
Hungarian engineers didn't detect any new cracks overnight in a red sludge reservoir that was at risk of collapse, officials said, expressing hope there wouldn't be a repeat of the toxic deluge that k ...
Uploaded on Oct 5 2010  Residents clear up toxic sludge in the flooded village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest, October 5, 2010. Hungary declared a state of emergency in three western counties on Tuesday, the day after a torrent of toxic red sludge from an alumina plant reservoir tore through local villages, killing four people and injuring 120. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo (HUNGARY - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)

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