As many feared after the recent Hungary toxic sludge disaster, the mess has reached the Danube River. The Danube River is Europe’s second longest river and flows from Germany’s Black Forest for about 1,770 miles to the Black Sea. It passes through a host of European nations including Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia and is being threatened by toxic sludge originating in Ajka, Hungary after a metals plant disaster.
The toxic material reached the Danube River Thursday and authorities were hard at work trying to contain as much of the deep red mess as possible.
“The red mud pollution has reached the Danube — its so-called Mosoni Branch — about 10 kilometers (six miles) from the main branch of the river,” said Tibor Dobson, the local head of Hungary’s disaster relief services. Dobson also said officials are monitoring the river for signs of toxicity, such as dying fish. For now, officials feel PH levels have dropped to within an acceptable range.
The Monday disaster took place about 100 miles southwest of Budapest in Ajka, Hungary and killed 4 people while injuring many more. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban expressed his thoughts on the devastation and said, “Hungary is strong enough to be able to combat the effects of such a catastrophe. But we’re still open to any expertise which will help us combat the pollution effects.”