Recent news report about the pollution that is seriously mining the ecosystem of the Danube river, Europe’s second longest river after the Volga. “It’s a serious ecological catastrophe, but we don’t know the size of it,” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told reporters.

THE FACT: A caustic red slurry was released Monday (October 4th) in Ajka, about 160 kilometres southwest of Budapest, after a reservoir burst at an alumina refining plant owned by Magyar Aluminium Termelo es Kereskedelmi (the Hungarian Aluminum Production and Trade Company), also known as Mal. The flood killed four people, injured more than 100 and damaged several communities.

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