- Death toll in Hungary toxic sludge spill rises to 9
- Russia may face environmental disasters similar to Hungary's - Greenpeace
- Ukraine says toxic sludge may reach its territory next week
The high-waters of the Danube River will neutralize the impact of Hungary's toxic waste spill, ecologists from Moscow, Chisinau and Kiev agreed on Thursday during a RIA Novosti video conference.
One million cubic meters of toxic red sludge flowed from a burst reservoir from an aluminum plant on October 4 in Ajka, Hungary, approximately 160 km (100 miles) west of Budapest. Nine people died and another 120 were injured. Hundreds of people have been evacuated from the area.
"Thanks to the coordinated actions of the EU and ecologists, the situation on the continent can be brought under control," Tatyana Belous from the Moldovan Institute of Ecology and Geography said.
"Of course, it is likely that people will be infected from livestock, poultry or fish which have remained in the zone of the toxic spill," she added.
Moldova does not face a serious threat from the environmental disaster as the country only has a 500-meter entrance to Danube, Svetlana Stirbu, Deputy Chief of the Moldovan Environmental Quality Monitoring Department, said.
On Monday Ukraine's environment ministry said toxic sludge from the Hungarian plant may reach Ukrainian territory via the Danube next week.
CHISINAU, October 14 (RIA Novosti)
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