More dead in Hungarian sludge disaster


This video is called Race to Clean-Up Toxic Spill in Hungary.

From Sky News in Britain:

Seven Dead In Hungary From Red Sludge

7:26pm UK, Friday October 08, 2010

Kat Higgins, Sky News Online

Seven people are now dead following the red sludge spill in Hungary.

The latest two victims were found near Devecser, the town inundated by the toxic substance on Monday.

The disaster is now thought to be equivalent in size to the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

New government figures estimate up to 700,000 cubic metres (184 million gallons) of industrial waste has leaked from a collapsed reservoir in the northern town of Ajka.

The BP oil spill amounted to more than 757,000 cubic metres (200 million gallons).

The sludge, a by-product in the manufacture of aluminium, inundated three villages before it reached the Danube on Thursday.

Earlier today, the spill’s fifth victim was announced as a 79-year-old man who died from injuries he sustained when the toxic residue flowed into Devecser.

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban said the crisis was now “under control” – but Greenpeace has warned the waste contained “surprisingly high” levels of arsenic and mercury.

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