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Toxic mudslide in Hungary

06 October 2010 / All photos: ANP /

A section of a railway line damaged by a flood of red mud is seen in Kolontar, 167 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary, 05 October 2010, a day after a dike of a reservoir containing red mud of an alumina factory in nearby Ajka broke, and over one million cubic meters of the poisonous chemical sludge inundated three villages, killing four persons and injuring over hundred. Five people are unaccounted for and hundreds of families have been evacuated.

An aerial photo taken on 05 October 2010, on the broken wall of the reservoir of the Ajka alumina factory in Kolontar, 167 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary.

An aerial view of the red mud covered streets and overturend vehicles in a yard in Devecser, 164 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary, 05 October 2010

A man removes mud from his garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010.

A firefighter pours mud put of his boot in Devecser, 164 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary, after a reservoir containing red mud of the alumina factory in nearby Ajka broke, and the poisonous chemical sludge inundated some 400 family houses in Devecser, killing one person and injuring some sixty 04 October 2010.

A volunteer carrying a shovel wades in red mud covering a street in Devecser, 164 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary, 05 October 2010

A wound caused by the biting chemical is seen on the leg of a firefighter in Devecser, 164 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary 04 October 2010.

A dog is covered with mud in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010

Cars are piled up in a flooded parking lot in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010

A Dead fish is seen on the windscreen of a car damaged by the red, toxic mud from the damaged reservoir of a nearby Ajka alumina factory on October 5, 2010

Debris washed out by the red, toxic mud from the damaged reservoir of a nearby Ajka alumina factory is seen in Devecser, 167 km southwest of Budapest, Hungary, 05 October 2010

A Hungarian soldier wearing a chemical protection gear cleans a street from the red, toxic mud in Devecser, 167 km southwest of Budapest, Hungary, 05 October 2010

A cat walks on a bed standing in a red mud flooded home in Devecser, 164 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary, 05 October 2010

An East German made Trabant car is piled on another car and debris in a garage flooded by red mud in Kolontar, 167 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary, 05 October 2010

Residents return to check their homes in Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010

A dead cat cvered with mud lies on the ground in the village of Kolontar, around 150kms southwest of Budapest on October 4, 2010

The ruptured wall of a reservoir of residue at an aluminium plant in Ajka is seen from Kolontar about 160 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 6, 2010

An agricultural land covered by red, toxic mud from the damaged reservoir of a nearby Ajka alumina factory is seen in Kolontar, 167 km southwest of Budapest, Hungary, 04 October 2010

Footsprints are seen in the toxic red mud in Kolontar, 167 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary, 06 October 2010.