Hungarian Red Sludge in Danube Proves Disastrous, But Not Too Much

Authorities said it on Friday that the mixture of toxic heavy metals where Hungary’s massive sludge spill entered the famous Danube has at last receded to allow safe drinking water. This has eased fears regarding pollution of the Europe’s second biggest and largest river the Danube. Reservoir broken at alumina plant on Monday dumped almost 700,000 cubic meters of sludge on to three villages, the government officials have been quoted as saying. The sludge destroyed rivers and creeks near spill site and entered river Danube on Thursday moving to Serbia, Romania and Serbia and posing threats to population depending on river Danube for safe drinking water. However, the risk of overall environment damages have subsided now. Hungarian PM Victor Orban said the threat of pollution of the Danube has ended now and added we have arranged to take the situation into our hands. Now it is quite safe, he added further.

The Danube has witnessed a massive cleanup efforts of all 10 major countries depending on the river. The environment disaster was quite apparent after the red sludge entered the river. However, it was found that the amount of arsenic was twice in this red sludge that entered the river. Pinter, the Hungarian Interior Minister, said the authorizes are looking for the people to give information about reservoir’s operation. It has been further reported that along with seven death toll, 150 victims have been treated in different hospitals while several dozen are still in critical condition.