'Red sludge” toxic waste tragedy at Kolontár 2010/10/04 - ...

By: Danube , 6:20 PM GMT on October 09, 2010

'Since the two accidents occurred at mining installations in Baia Mare and Baia Borsa in January and February 2000 basin inventory of potential accidental risk spots were carried out on behalf of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR).
The inventory was supplied by information of the ICPDR- Countries. For the classification of potential risk spots, a common procedure was elaborated considering actual European regulations and findings'

(Support for the Extension of Accident Risk Spots Inventory and Preventive Measures / UNDP/GEF Danube Regional Project (2003)


'Hungary’s largest ecological disaster took place on October 4, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. when the western dam of cassette X of the sludge reservoir, belonging to a privately owned company, Magyar Alumínium ZRt (Hungarian Aluminum Co), had ruptured. Due to the ruptured dam, a mixture of 600-700 thousand m3 of red sludge and water inundated the lower sections of the settlements of Kolontar, Devecser and Somlovasarhely via the Torna creek.
The spilling red sludge flooded 800 hectares of surrounding areas. The most extreme devastation was caused in the villages of Devecser and Kolontar, which are located near the reservoir.'

"Redsludge" tragedy
Official Website of the Hungarian Government


'The sludge flood reached 40 residential properties and 2 municipality-owned buildings in two streets of Kolontár, as well as 244 residential properties in 19 streets of Devecser and 14 residential properties in Somlóvásárhely. According to the helicopter survey, 3 hectares were directly flooded with sludge in Kolontár and 7 hectares in Devecser.

Immediately after the event 4 people (a man aged 37, a woman aged 73, a woman aged 82 and a little girl aged 14 months) were found dead by rescue units. Cause of death in all 4 cases was drowning. There is an ongoing search for 3 missing persons (two women aged 76 and 85 and a man aged 73 years).

The number of people injured in the industrial disaster and hospitalised is 123, out of whom 12 are considered to be in a serious condition.

During the recovery operation 8 fire-fighters, 1 soldier and 8 policemen suffered first- and second-degree burns or respiratory tract injuries. Out of the injured personnel, 4 fire-fighters and 8 policemen were taken to hospital and discharged the same day after receiving treatment. There are 64 patients currently receiving hospital treatment.

As of October 9, the number of deceased victims stands at 7; the search continues for 1 missing person. '

' Numbers for bank accounts set up by the Hungarian government to accept aid donations:
Hungarian Relief Fund
for victims of the “red sludge” toxic waste tragedy
Bank account number:
from outside Hungary: HU 28117940 2222222222 00000000

Thank you for all needed help!

András Juhász Budapest, 2010/10/09 20:20 CEST
aka 'Danube'
from Budapest, Hungary

Pollution disaster (Danube)
Kolontár 2010/10/10 17:34 CEST. See also my blog
Pollution disaster

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7. Beachfoxx
7:33 PM GMT on October 11, 2010
Such a sad tragic story.... like many others I've been following this situation. *sigh*
When will learn to be good stewards of our great Earth?
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6. unclemush
7:14 PM GMT on October 11, 2010
I have been following the story.This is very bad!Sorry!
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5. aquak9
10:43 AM GMT on October 11, 2010
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4. NRAamy
11:08 PM GMT on October 09, 2010
Aub.... Andras is a great guy.... I found his photos on here, and we've been WU friends for a couple of years.... I feel so awful about what's happening in his country... We get a huge oil spill and they get toxic sludge... WTH is going on?

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3. EmmyRose
11:06 PM GMT on October 09, 2010
I've been following this story with horror....
this is truly an environmental disaster on
an epic level. The poison will last a very
long time......so sad.
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2. auburn (Mod)
10:58 PM GMT on October 09, 2010
My wife's Dad is from Budapest...this is so bad
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1. NRAamy
9:51 PM GMT on October 09, 2010
Andras! I'm so sorry! I hope it gets cleaned up soon and that all the missing persons are found!

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