Seven died, with many houses affected, when a heavy metal rich sludge affected a 19 mile stretch of the river Danube in Hungary. MAL Hungarian Aluminium’s chemical reservoir burst, resulting in miles of pollution, the company has made 110,000 Euros available as immediate aid to the affected families, but the final bill is likely to be much higher. As the sludge dried in the sun the risk of it becoming airborne increased and officials insisted that people in the vicinity wore face masks to avoid the mild radiological threat.

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