Яд из Венгрии может залить реки в Украине

7 Октября 2010, 13:26

Самая масштабная экологическая катастрофа в Венгрии: 700 тыс куб.м. химикатов залили несколько сел и попали в воду. Фото AFP

Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum, into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , An excavator pours industrial gypsum to reduce the alkalinity into the Marcal River at the bridge of Szente about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Dead fish float on the Marcal River at the bridge of Morichida about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , White froth floats on the surface of the Raba River as it moves through the town of Gyor, some 130kms from Budapest on October 7, 2010. Hungary's toxic sludge spill, which has killed four people, reached the Danube river on October 7, 2010, threatening to contaminate the waterway's ecosystem, a water authority official told AFP. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK
Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum, into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , An excavator pours industrial gypsum to reduce the alkalinity into the Marcal River at the bridge of Szente about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Dead fish float on the Marcal River at the bridge of Morichida about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , White froth floats on the surface of the Raba River as it moves through the town of Gyor, some 130kms from Budapest on October 7, 2010. Hungary's toxic sludge spill, which has killed four people, reached the Danube river on October 7, 2010, threatening to contaminate the waterway's ecosystem, a water authority official told AFP. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man walks in sludge mixed with stones in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Civil Protection Service workers clean sludge-covered streets in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man checks bedclothes and pillows in the debris of his flooded house in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A resident cleans his yard in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , People remove mud from their garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A man check the mud on the banks of the Torna stream in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A crashed off-road vehicle is seen at the banks of the Torna stream in the of village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , Police gives instruction to residents of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , People remove the mud in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A man removes mud from his garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , Rescue workers clean the streets covered with mud in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , People clean the mud from their gardens in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , People clean the mud from their gardens in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , A man empties a bucket filled with muddy water from his house in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , A dead cat cvered with mud lies on the ground in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , A man looks around his home in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after his house was flooded on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man looks around his home in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after his house was flooded on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man looks around his home in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after his house was flooded on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK
Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum, into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , An excavator pours industrial gypsum to reduce the alkalinity into the Marcal River at the bridge of Szente about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Dead fish float on the Marcal River at the bridge of Morichida about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK
Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum, into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , An excavator pours industrial gypsum to reduce the alkalinity into the Marcal River at the bridge of Szente about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Dead fish float on the Marcal River at the bridge of Morichida about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , White froth floats on the surface of the Raba River as it moves through the town of Gyor, some 130kms from Budapest on October 7, 2010. Hungary's toxic sludge spill, which has killed four people, reached the Danube river on October 7, 2010, threatening to contaminate the waterway's ecosystem, a water authority official told AFP. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man walks in sludge mixed with stones in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Civil Protection Service workers clean sludge-covered streets in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man checks bedclothes and pillows in the debris of his flooded house in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A resident cleans his yard in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , People remove mud from their garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY
Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK
Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum, into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , An excavator pours industrial gypsum to reduce the alkalinity into the Marcal River at the bridge of Szente about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK
Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum, into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , An excavator pours industrial gypsum to reduce the alkalinity into the Marcal River at the bridge of Szente about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Dead fish float on the Marcal River at the bridge of Morichida about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , White froth floats on the surface of the Raba River as it moves through the town of Gyor, some 130kms from Budapest on October 7, 2010. Hungary's toxic sludge spill, which has killed four people, reached the Danube river on October 7, 2010, threatening to contaminate the waterway's ecosystem, a water authority official told AFP. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man walks in sludge mixed with stones in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Civil Protection Service workers clean sludge-covered streets in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man checks bedclothes and pillows in the debris of his flooded house in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A resident cleans his yard in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , People remove mud from their garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A man check the mud on the banks of the Torna stream in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A crashed off-road vehicle is seen at the banks of the Torna stream in the of village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , Police gives instruction to residents of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , People remove the mud in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A man removes mud from his garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , Rescue workers clean the streets covered with mud in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , People clean the mud from their gardens in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , People clean the mud from their gardens in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , A man empties a bucket filled with muddy water from his house in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH
Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum, into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , An excavator pours industrial gypsum to reduce the alkalinity into the Marcal River at the bridge of Szente about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Dead fish float on the Marcal River at the bridge of Morichida about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , White froth floats on the surface of the Raba River as it moves through the town of Gyor, some 130kms from Budapest on October 7, 2010. Hungary's toxic sludge spill, which has killed four people, reached the Danube river on October 7, 2010, threatening to contaminate the waterway's ecosystem, a water authority official told AFP. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man walks in sludge mixed with stones in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Civil Protection Service workers clean sludge-covered streets in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man checks bedclothes and pillows in the debris of his flooded house in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A resident cleans his yard in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , People remove mud from their garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A man check the mud on the banks of the Torna stream in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A crashed off-road vehicle is seen at the banks of the Torna stream in the of village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , Police gives instruction to residents of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , People remove the mud in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A man removes mud from his garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , Rescue workers clean the streets covered with mud in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH
Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum, into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , An excavator pours industrial gypsum to reduce the alkalinity into the Marcal River at the bridge of Szente about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Dead fish float on the Marcal River at the bridge of Morichida about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , White froth floats on the surface of the Raba River as it moves through the town of Gyor, some 130kms from Budapest on October 7, 2010. Hungary's toxic sludge spill, which has killed four people, reached the Danube river on October 7, 2010, threatening to contaminate the waterway's ecosystem, a water authority official told AFP. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man walks in sludge mixed with stones in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Civil Protection Service workers clean sludge-covered streets in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man checks bedclothes and pillows in the debris of his flooded house in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A resident cleans his yard in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , People remove mud from their garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A man check the mud on the banks of the Torna stream in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A crashed off-road vehicle is seen at the banks of the Torna stream in the of village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , Police gives instruction to residents of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY
Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum, into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , An excavator pours industrial gypsum to reduce the alkalinity into the Marcal River at the bridge of Szente about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Dead fish float on the Marcal River at the bridge of Morichida about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , White froth floats on the surface of the Raba River as it moves through the town of Gyor, some 130kms from Budapest on October 7, 2010. Hungary's toxic sludge spill, which has killed four people, reached the Danube river on October 7, 2010, threatening to contaminate the waterway's ecosystem, a water authority official told AFP. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man walks in sludge mixed with stones in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Civil Protection Service workers clean sludge-covered streets in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man checks bedclothes and pillows in the debris of his flooded house in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A resident cleans his yard in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , People remove mud from their garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A man check the mud on the banks of the Torna stream in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY
Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum, into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , An excavator pours industrial gypsum to reduce the alkalinity into the Marcal River at the bridge of Szente about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Dead fish float on the Marcal River at the bridge of Morichida about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , White froth floats on the surface of the Raba River as it moves through the town of Gyor, some 130kms from Budapest on October 7, 2010. Hungary's toxic sludge spill, which has killed four people, reached the Danube river on October 7, 2010, threatening to contaminate the waterway's ecosystem, a water authority official told AFP. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man walks in sludge mixed with stones in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Civil Protection Service workers clean sludge-covered streets in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man checks bedclothes and pillows in the debris of his flooded house in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A resident cleans his yard in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , People remove mud from their garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A man check the mud on the banks of the Torna stream in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A crashed off-road vehicle is seen at the banks of the Torna stream in the of village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , Police gives instruction to residents of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , People remove the mud in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A man removes mud from his garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY
Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum, into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , An excavator pours industrial gypsum to reduce the alkalinity into the Marcal River at the bridge of Szente about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Dead fish float on the Marcal River at the bridge of Morichida about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , White froth floats on the surface of the Raba River as it moves through the town of Gyor, some 130kms from Budapest on October 7, 2010. Hungary's toxic sludge spill, which has killed four people, reached the Danube river on October 7, 2010, threatening to contaminate the waterway's ecosystem, a water authority official told AFP. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man walks in sludge mixed with stones in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Civil Protection Service workers clean sludge-covered streets in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man checks bedclothes and pillows in the debris of his flooded house in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A resident cleans his yard in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , People remove mud from their garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A man check the mud on the banks of the Torna stream in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A crashed off-road vehicle is seen at the banks of the Torna stream in the of village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , Police gives instruction to residents of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , People remove the mud in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A man removes mud from his garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , Rescue workers clean the streets covered with mud in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , People clean the mud from their gardens in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , People clean the mud from their gardens in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , A man empties a bucket filled with muddy water from his house in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , A dead cat cvered with mud lies on the ground in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , A man looks around his home in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after his house was flooded on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man looks around his home in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after his house was flooded on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man looks around his home in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after his house was flooded on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man looks around his home in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after his house was flooded on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Residents try to salvage goods in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after his house was flooded on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A woman contemplates the damage in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after the village was flooded on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A woman contemplates the damage in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after the village was flooded on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Hungarian police walk in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after the village was flooded on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A Hungarian police officer walks in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after the village was flooded on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man walks in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after the village was flooded on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A general view shows Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after the village was flooded on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK
Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum, into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , An excavator pours industrial gypsum to reduce the alkalinity into the Marcal River at the bridge of Szente about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Dead fish float on the Marcal River at the bridge of Morichida about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , White froth floats on the surface of the Raba River as it moves through the town of Gyor, some 130kms from Budapest on October 7, 2010. Hungary's toxic sludge spill, which has killed four people, reached the Danube river on October 7, 2010, threatening to contaminate the waterway's ecosystem, a water authority official told AFP. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man walks in sludge mixed with stones in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Civil Protection Service workers clean sludge-covered streets in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man checks bedclothes and pillows in the debris of his flooded house in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A resident cleans his yard in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , People remove mud from their garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A man check the mud on the banks of the Torna stream in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A crashed off-road vehicle is seen at the banks of the Torna stream in the of village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , Police gives instruction to residents of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , People remove the mud in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A man removes mud from his garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , Rescue workers clean the streets covered with mud in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , People clean the mud from their gardens in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH
Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum, into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , An excavator pours industrial gypsum to reduce the alkalinity into the Marcal River at the bridge of Szente about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Dead fish float on the Marcal River at the bridge of Morichida about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , White froth floats on the surface of the Raba River as it moves through the town of Gyor, some 130kms from Budapest on October 7, 2010. Hungary's toxic sludge spill, which has killed four people, reached the Danube river on October 7, 2010, threatening to contaminate the waterway's ecosystem, a water authority official told AFP. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man walks in sludge mixed with stones in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Civil Protection Service workers clean sludge-covered streets in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man checks bedclothes and pillows in the debris of his flooded house in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A resident cleans his yard in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , People remove mud from their garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A man check the mud on the banks of the Torna stream in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A crashed off-road vehicle is seen at the banks of the Torna stream in the of village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , Police gives instruction to residents of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , People remove the mud in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A man removes mud from his garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , Rescue workers clean the streets covered with mud in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , People clean the mud from their gardens in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , People clean the mud from their gardens in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , A man empties a bucket filled with muddy water from his house in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , A dead cat cvered with mud lies on the ground in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , A man looks around his home in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after his house was flooded on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man looks around his home in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after his house was flooded on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK
Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum, into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , An excavator pours industrial gypsum to reduce the alkalinity into the Marcal River at the bridge of Szente about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Dead fish float on the Marcal River at the bridge of Morichida about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , White froth floats on the surface of the Raba River as it moves through the town of Gyor, some 130kms from Budapest on October 7, 2010. Hungary's toxic sludge spill, which has killed four people, reached the Danube river on October 7, 2010, threatening to contaminate the waterway's ecosystem, a water authority official told AFP. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man walks in sludge mixed with stones in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Civil Protection Service workers clean sludge-covered streets in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man checks bedclothes and pillows in the debris of his flooded house in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A resident cleans his yard in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , People remove mud from their garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A man check the mud on the banks of the Torna stream in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A crashed off-road vehicle is seen at the banks of the Torna stream in the of village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , Police gives instruction to residents of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , People remove the mud in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A man removes mud from his garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , Rescue workers clean the streets covered with mud in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , People clean the mud from their gardens in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , People clean the mud from their gardens in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH
Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum, into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , An excavator pours industrial gypsum to reduce the alkalinity into the Marcal River at the bridge of Szente about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Dead fish float on the Marcal River at the bridge of Morichida about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , White froth floats on the surface of the Raba River as it moves through the town of Gyor, some 130kms from Budapest on October 7, 2010. Hungary's toxic sludge spill, which has killed four people, reached the Danube river on October 7, 2010, threatening to contaminate the waterway's ecosystem, a water authority official told AFP. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man walks in sludge mixed with stones in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Civil Protection Service workers clean sludge-covered streets in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man checks bedclothes and pillows in the debris of his flooded house in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A resident cleans his yard in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , People remove mud from their garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A man check the mud on the banks of the Torna stream in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A crashed off-road vehicle is seen at the banks of the Torna stream in the of village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , Police gives instruction to residents of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , People remove the mud in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A man removes mud from his garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , Rescue workers clean the streets covered with mud in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , People clean the mud from their gardens in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , People clean the mud from their gardens in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , A man empties a bucket filled with muddy water from his house in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , A dead cat cvered with mud lies on the ground in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH
Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum, into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , An excavator pours industrial gypsum to reduce the alkalinity into the Marcal River at the bridge of Szente about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Dead fish float on the Marcal River at the bridge of Morichida about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , White froth floats on the surface of the Raba River as it moves through the town of Gyor, some 130kms from Budapest on October 7, 2010. Hungary's toxic sludge spill, which has killed four people, reached the Danube river on October 7, 2010, threatening to contaminate the waterway's ecosystem, a water authority official told AFP. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man walks in sludge mixed with stones in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Civil Protection Service workers clean sludge-covered streets in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man checks bedclothes and pillows in the debris of his flooded house in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A resident cleans his yard in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , People remove mud from their garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A man check the mud on the banks of the Torna stream in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A crashed off-road vehicle is seen at the banks of the Torna stream in the of village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY
Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum, into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , An excavator pours industrial gypsum to reduce the alkalinity into the Marcal River at the bridge of Szente about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Dead fish float on the Marcal River at the bridge of Morichida about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , White froth floats on the surface of the Raba River as it moves through the town of Gyor, some 130kms from Budapest on October 7, 2010. Hungary's toxic sludge spill, which has killed four people, reached the Danube river on October 7, 2010, threatening to contaminate the waterway's ecosystem, a water authority official told AFP. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man walks in sludge mixed with stones in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Civil Protection Service workers clean sludge-covered streets in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man checks bedclothes and pillows in the debris of his flooded house in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A resident cleans his yard in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , People remove mud from their garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A man check the mud on the banks of the Torna stream in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A crashed off-road vehicle is seen at the banks of the Torna stream in the of village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , Police gives instruction to residents of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , People remove the mud in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , A man removes mud from his garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / INDEX ATTILA NAGY , Rescue workers clean the streets covered with mud in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , People clean the mud from their gardens in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , People clean the mud from their gardens in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , A man empties a bucket filled with muddy water from his house in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , A dead cat cvered with mud lies on the ground in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010. One person died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages with toxic red mud, authorities said today. AFP PHOTO / JOZSEF TOTH , A man looks around his home in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after his house was flooded on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man looks around his home in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after his house was flooded on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man looks around his home in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after his house was flooded on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man looks around his home in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after his house was flooded on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Residents try to salvage goods in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after his house was flooded on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A woman contemplates the damage in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after the village was flooded on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A woman contemplates the damage in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after the village was flooded on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Hungarian police walk in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after the village was flooded on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A Hungarian police officer walks in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after the village was flooded on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK
Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Firemen of the Gyor town station wash a special material, industrial gypsum, into the Marcal River to coagulate the toxic water at Morichida village about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Five people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , An excavator pours industrial gypsum to reduce the alkalinity into the Marcal River at the bridge of Szente about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Dead fish float on the Marcal River at the bridge of Morichida about 150 kms west from Budapest on October 6, 2010. Several dozen family houses were flooded by the red-sludge from an alumina plant in western Hungary on Monday, flooding several towns, villages with towering waves of red sludge. Four people died, seven were missing and hundreds were injured, rescue services said. The spill of an estimated 1,000,000 cubic metres of sludge affected several localities such as Kolontar and Devecser near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , White froth floats on the surface of the Raba River as it moves through the town of Gyor, some 130kms from Budapest on October 7, 2010. Hungary's toxic sludge spill, which has killed four people, reached the Danube river on October 7, 2010, threatening to contaminate the waterway's ecosystem, a water authority official told AFP. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , A man walks in sludge mixed with stones in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and leaving a trail of devastation across an area of 40 square kms (15.4 square miles). In Kolontar, the army had to build a temporary bridge to replace one that was swept away by the flood. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , Civil Protection Service workers clean sludge-covered streets in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010 after a wave of toxic red mud swept through the small village two days ago, killing four and injuring scores more. The accident -- which officials say is Hungary's worst-ever chemical accident and an "ecological disaster" -- occurred on October 4 when the walls of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in nearby Ajka broke, sending a wave of stinking red sludge through seven villages in the west of the country and le