Daniel McLaughlin
The Independent
October 8, 2010

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Hungary opened a criminal investigation yesterday into an escape of deadly toxic sludge from an industrial plant, amid fears that it could grow into a regional environmental disaster.

Four people were killed, about 120 were injured and three are still missing after a dam holding waste slurry collapsed at an alumina works in the south-west of the country, sending a wave of poisonous red mud racing through nearby villages and into a tributary of the River Danube.

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Rescue teams are searching for the missing people, cleaning up the caustic grime and pouring tonnes of gypsum into the River Marcal to try to prevent contamination of the Danube, Europe’s second-longest river, which from Hungary flows through Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine and Moldova on its way to the Black Sea.

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