Hungarian Sludge Wall May Fall
    2010-10-09 17:00:24     Xinhua      Web Editor: luolaiming
 

A local man looks at his garden in the flooded town of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Hungarian capital Budapest October 8, 2010. Wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village five days ago, killing seven and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. [Photo: Xinhua/AFP]

The already weakened wall of an alumina sludge reservoir is "very likely" to collapse, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Saturday.

Orban made the remarks at a news conference in the western town of Ajka, saying cracks have appeared on the northern wall, which may lead to the collapse of the whole wall.

The toxic red sludge near the village of Devecser has caused seven deaths.

The sludge covered an area of 800 to 1,000 hectares, where the contaminated topsoil will have to be removed.


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