Budapest (AFP) April 6, 2011
Wildlife has still not returned to the area in western Hungary that was devastated by the country's worst chemical accident six months ago, the World Wildlife Fund said Wednesday.
"Wildlife and fishlife were totally devastated or displaced from the area, and six months later, the banks of rivers Marcal and Torna are still red," WWF said in a statement.
Ten people were killed last October when the retaining walls of a reservoir at the alumina plant in Ajka in western Hungary burst, sending 1.1 million cubic metres (38.8 million cubic feet) of poisonous, stinking red-coloured mud across an area of 40 square kilometres (15 square miles).
The sludge wiped out almost all waterlife in rivers and streams in the immediate vicinity and even spread to the Danube.
Work was continuing to remove the toxic sediment from river banks in the area, according to the mayor of one of the hardest-hit villages, Devecser.
The authorities initially declared a statement of emergency in the area for a period of six months. But that has now been extended while the clean-up work and repair to the dam walls continues, the authorities said.
Share This Article With Planet Earth
Our Polluted World and Cleaning It Up
'Super Sherpa' on Everest cleaning climb
Kathmandu (AFP) April 6, 2011
A top Nepalese mountaineer who holds the record for the number of successful summits of Everest left for another attempt on Wednesday on a mission to clean garbage from the world's highest peak. Apa Sherpa, 51, who has climbed the mountain a record 20 times, is leading the Eco Everest Expedition 2011, which aims to collect four tonnes of garbage under a "Cash for Trash" programme funded by a ... read more
New Zealand ready to bail out quake-hit insurer|
Japan using gas to avoid explosion at nuclear plant
Japan plant operator offers 'consolation' payments
Tsunami-stranded dog reunited with owner in Japan
Japan stems uncontrolled leak from nuclear plant
Facebook launches page for journalists
Radioactive water leak into sea stops at Fukushima: Jiji
'Skype school' brings knowledge to Indian village
Brazil should consult natives on Amazon dam: panel
First Broad-Scale Maps Of Life On The Sea-Shelf
World's Reef Fishes Tussling With Human Overpopulation
Dive dive dive: new adventure for Virgin stuntman
U.N.: Arctic sees record ozone loss
Human Impacts On The Marine Ecosystems Of Antarctica
Fishermen, greens see red over Alaska navy exercises
Antarctic Icebergs Play A Previously Unknown Role In Global Carbon Cycle, Climate
Research On Satellite Imagery Aims To Advance Sustainable Agriculture
Romanian agriculture minister pleads for GM soy
Huge rooftop greenhouse is Montreal's local farm
Quake-hit sake brewers urge Japanese to party
US forecasters predict busy 2011 hurricane season
S.Korea proposes fresh volcano talks with N.Korea
Oregon volcano to be monitored
Son becomes guardian of Indonesian volcano
167 foreigners leave Ivory Coast main city: French military
French, UN troops in action against Gbagbo camp: France
Ivory Coast opposition blockade lifted, police desert: UN
A New Scramble For African Riches - Its Consumers
Elevated Levels Of Sodium Blunt Response To Stress
Hookah Use Widespread Among College Students
It's Not Over When It's Over: Storing Sounds In The Inner Ear
Archaeologists Explore Iraqi Marshes For Origins Of Urbanization
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement|