The government of Hungary declared a state of emergency in three counties in the west of the country on Tuesday morning in the wake of a flood of sludge from a ruptured reservoir at an alumina plant.
The state of emergency is in effect in Veszprém, Győr-Moson-Sopron and Vas counties.
Four people are reported to have died in the disaster, which started Monday when a dam at the MAL Hungarian aluminum producing and trading company's plant in Ajka broke.
MAL, which is owned by Hungarian investors, told MTI on Tuesday that it has started to repair the damaged dam. In a statement published a day after the disaster, the company said its “management stands by their responsibility to continually inform the public in a trustworthy manner on the matter.”
The company said it would “mobilize all means at its disposal and make every effort together with the authorities in the interest of moderating the effect of the human tragedy, in as much as such is possible.”
MAL said the sludge was not considered hazardous waste under European Union conventions. (MTI – Econews)