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25 July 2017 22:38 (South Africa)

Hungary declares state of emergency after toxic spill

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

Hungary has declared a state of emergency in three of its western counties, after more than 1 million cubic metres of toxic sludge escaped from an alumina plant on Monday. Four people have died in the man-made disaster, and more than 120 have been injured. Contact with the substance can cause burns to the skin, and damage the eyes, but Magyar Aluminium, which owns the plant, says it is not considered hazardous under EU regulations. Prime Minister Viktor Orban will hold a press conference about the situation on late Tuesday afternoon. Read more: BBC News, Bloomberg, via BusinessWeek

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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