Author: Reuters, BUDAPEST

  • Spill impacts in Hungary ease, Danube monitored

    Pollution levels from a red sludge spill in Hungary have declined and the Danube, one of Europe’s longest rivers, has suffered no palpable damage so far, a spokesman for Hungarian disaster crews said on Friday. Tibor Dobson said fresh data showed pH levels of 8-8.2 in the Danube, which could be considered “normal,” down from a level of around 9 when the sludge reached the river on Thursday. “These data give us hope … and we have not experienced any damage on the main Danube so far,” Dobson told Reuters. Crews have strived to reduce the alkaline content of Monday’s spill from a containment reservoir of an alumina plant.

  • Alumina sludge spill in Hungary kills three

    Hungary declared a state of emergency in three western counties on Tuesday due to spill of toxic alumina sludge which has killed three people and injured more than 100 others, the news agency MTI reported. The counties of Veszprem, Gyor-Moson-Sopron and Vas counties were covered by the state of emergency. The disaster began on Monday when the dam of a sludge reservoir burst at the huge Ajkai Timfoldgyar Zrt plant, owned by MAL Zrt., flooding parts of three villages.