Jamie Doward
The Guardian
October 11, 2010

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A wall in the Hungarian reservoir that burst last week triggering a flood of toxic sludge is close to collapse, the country’s prime minister warned yesterday.

Viktor Orban described the situation as dramatic and warned that a repeat of last week’s flood, in which seven people are known to have died, was highly likely. He said the town of Kolontar, which sits next to the reservoir and was badly damaged by last Monday’s flood, had been evacuated as a precaution.

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“Cracks have appeared on the northern wall of the reservoir which makes it very likely that the whole wall will collapse,” Orban said. “We have started to build dams in the direction of the populated areas to slow the flow of the material in case of a new incident.”

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