Hungary declares emergency as toxic mud spill kills three
Tue, Oct 05, 2010
BUDAPEST - Hungary declared a state of emergency Tuesday in three counties hit by a toxic mud spill which left three people dead and 120 injured, the interior ministry said.
The state of emergency was called in the Veszprem, Gyor-Moson-Sopron and Vas counties in the west of the country after a reservoir of residue from an aluminium plant broke, releasing a flood of toxic red mud that swamped the villages of Devecser and Kolontar and threatened five others, the ministry said.
One of the dead was a three-year-old child and the number of injured rose to 120, eight of whom were in a serious condition, said the mayor of Kolontar, Karoly Tily.