The Hungarian village of Kolontar, one of the towns most affected by the spill from the reservoir of an alumina plant in Ajka, is being evacuated for fears of a new leak of the dangerous heavy metal waste, officials say. (photo, from aljazeera.net)
Authorities ordered the evacuation on Saturday morning at 7am local time following the discovery of further damage at a burst reservoir that spilled toxic sludge on Monday, according to the national news agency, MTI.
When up to 700,000 cubic metres of red sludge from an industrial plant flooded from a burst reservoir, Kolontar and Devecser were the towns hardest hit.
At least seven people died in the accident.
Although the damage to the northern wall of the reservoir is minor, 800 villagers are being evacuated as a precaution.
People are being taken to a sports hall and two schools in Ajka, 8km (five miles) away.
Tibor Dobson, the disaster unit chief, said no new waste has escaped from the huge container “so far”.
On Friday, the Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orban, said the Danube river was no longer under threat of widespread pollution.
He said the situation had now been brought “under control”.
In an effort to neutralise the alkaline polluants, experts have been pouring large quantities of clay and acid into affected waterways. (map, from bbcimg.co.uk)