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Hungarys authorities race to protect against second spill

October 12/2010

LONDON (ICIS) -- Emergency services are racing to complete the building of an emergency dam to contain a possible second spill of red caustic sludge from a damaged reservoir that broke last week flooding several towns in western Hungary, media reports said on Monday.

 

Authorities have been working to finish a protective wall being built across the fields just below the reservoir, after a widening of the cracks was spotted.

 

A state of emergency was declared on Tuesday last week in Hungary"s three western counties of Veszprem, Gyor-Moson-Sopron and Vas after some 600,000-700,000m3 of sludge escaped from an alumina plant at the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka, affecting an area of 40km2.


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