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Incredible devastation in Hungary, we need to keep them in our prayers…

I saw it refered to as a chemical Tsunami, the pictures are heartbreaking.

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Hungary clears up after toxic spill, rivers at risk

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Rescue workers clear up toxic sludge in the flooded village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest, October 5, 2010.

Credit: Reuters/Bernadett Szabo

By Marton Dunai

KOLONTAR, Hungary | Wed Oct 6, 2010 12:08pm EDT

KOLONTAR, Hungary (Reuters) – Emergency workers in Hungary battled on Wednesday to keep a tide of toxic red sludge that spilled from an alumina plant from reaching the Raba and Danube rivers.

Interior Minister Sandor Pinter told reporters the sludge — which poured from the alumina factory’s containment pond on Monday and rushed through villages, killing four people, injuring 120 and leaving 3 missing — had so far been prevented from reaching the rivers.

Hungary declared a state of emergency in three counties after the sludge — waste produced during bauxite refining which has a strong caustic effect and heavy metal content — hit the villages of Kolontar, Devecser and others.

The cause of the spill is not known.

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