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Sludge disaster victims apply for compensation

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Some 17 victims of Hungaryʼs flood of industrial sludge in 2010, have so far made applications for compensation for non-material damages, daily Magyar Nemzet reported yesterday. Decisions have been made to award seven of the applicants compensation, the government commissionerʼs cabinet of the Veszprém County Local Government told the paper. 

The government decided in February to provide HUF 400 mln in compensation for the victims. The decision affects 70-80 families who suffered psychological trauma or injuries after a reservoir at an alumina plant in Ajka, northwestern Hungary, burst in October 2010, sending a flood of toxic red sludge through the surrounding villages. Ten people were killed in the disaster.

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