The toxic red sludge that spilled from a burst reservoir at the alumina plant in western Hungary has reached the Monsoni-Danube, a southern branch of one of Europe’s major waterways.
The red poison has also contaminated the Raba river, which flows into the Danube.
Environmental protection teams are desperately trying to reduce the spill’s alkaline content and keep the waste out of the river proper.
The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban visited Kolontar one of the villages hardest hit by the spill:
“What I have seen here is terrible, simply terrible. This is the first and probably the worst kind of environmental tragedy that’s ever happened in Hungary. So the people here are desperate. Two weeks ago there was a control procedure here and the official report said everything was OK. And you can see…What does it mean OK?”
He also called on the international community for assistance.
The local ecosystem has already been damaged by the spill with local reports suggesting that most of the fish in the Torna and Marcal rivers have died.
Hungary has opened a criminal investigation into the ‘environmental disaster.`