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A borzalmak 3. napja - Day 3 of horror

A borzalmak 3. napja - Day 3 of horror

My country, Hungary declared a state of emergency in three counties on Tuesday, a day after a torrent of toxic red sludge from an alumina plant tore through nearby villages, killing four people and injuring 120.

The waste, produced during bauxite refining, poured through Kolontar and two other villages on Monday after bursting out of a containment reservoir at the Ajkai Timfoldgyar Zrt plant, owned by MAL Zrt.

On Tuesday, the Natural Disaster Unit (NDU) said four more villages were affected and put the death toll at four. Six people were missing.

Others suffered from burns and eye irritations caused by lead and other corrosive elements in the mud. The flood, estimated at about 700,000 cubic metres (24 million cubic feet), swept cars off roads and damaged bridges and houses, forcing the evacuation of about 400 residents.

More photos of the catastrophe here:

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Marisa D.L.27-Nov-2012 08:33
Melancholy documentary picture, which you composed in a very effective way
Yiannis Pavlis14-Oct-2012 04:06
That is so horrible !
Gervan30-Apr-2011 19:54
A good shot with journalistic value.
Helen Betts26-Oct-2010 21:50
What horrific scene, but in the end, very well captured. I'm thinking of going to Ajka, which I understand is close to the scene of the disaster. It would be interesting, yet frightening, to see.
Chris Spracklen16-Oct-2010 21:31
This is the first image I've seen of this awful tragedy, Zoltan.
Thanks for sharing. I feel for all those affected by this awful mess!
Dave Russell16-Oct-2010 15:29
A powerful image Zoltan. The top half of picture showing Hungary before the carnage & the bottom section, the aftermath
Guest 10-Oct-2010 10:35
what a great impact this image transmit us!
bad times in Hungary!
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)08-Oct-2010 06:30
Yes! Horror.....We are killing ourselves with our own hands!!!
janescottcumming08-Oct-2010 01:04
I heard this in the news. Terrible disaster for your country. I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe. Be careful.
Roland06-Oct-2010 21:43
Such a horror for your country to live through. The toxic impact will be
felt for years to come.
Patricia Kay06-Oct-2010 19:01
What a disaster Zoltan...I am sad and sorry to hear this and hope that help is at hand...
bill friedlander06-Oct-2010 18:45
A terrible disaster for the people and the country. So sorry to see this.
Rüdiger Kukasch06-Oct-2010 18:42
I´m so sad,
saw it in the television,horrible.And we are not concerned directly,so i imagine for you ,living there under this circonstences.

I would cry........
Colin Storey06-Oct-2010 16:53
Saw this on the news today, it looked horrendous, so sorry to see this.
Gérard Koehl06-Oct-2010 13:48
C'est une vraie catastrophe qui s'est abattue sur votre pays. Je suis de tout coeur avec vous et j'espère que l'Europe vous soutiendra.
Milan Vogrin06-Oct-2010 13:42
A real catastrophe! Good presentation.
Betty Vlasiu06-Oct-2010 13:39
I am so sorry !!Borzalmas hirek !!!
heather06-Oct-2010 12:35
Such a sad situation...
Jim Coffman06-Oct-2010 12:21
This is a sad day for Hungary!
CM Kwan06-Oct-2010 12:12
I am so sorry to hear about that. I hope everything will be back to normal very soon.
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