Authorities in Hungary say the emergency dam being built to prevent a second toxic sludge spill is close to completion.
Engineers began the 600-metre-construction across the town of Kolantar after cracks appeared in the northern wall of the burst reservoir on Saturday.
Kolantar is now a ghost town after it was evacuated over the weekend.
The European Union has sent experts in environmental disasters to the area to help with the clean-up.
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to discuss the situation.
Orban has been steadfast in his determination that damages must be paid to those who have suffered in the spill, that jobs must be saved and those found responsible held to account, he also wants further risks at the site identified.
The head of the MAL Zrt company Zoltan Bakonyi , arrested yesterday, remains in police custody.
Still the human misery continues as one ageing woman explains:
“I live on the hill, my house is safe but everything else has gone.”
Also caught up in the red poison is the area’s animal life with domestic, farm and wild animals all being affected by the toxic mud.
Emergency dam almost complete in sludge hit Hungary