Hungary toxic sludge

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A villager is reflected in a flood of toxic mud, while walking through his backyard in Kolontar, Hungary, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010. Emergency workers and construction crews on Wednesday swept through the Hungarian towns hardest hit by a flood of toxic sludge, trying to clear roads and homes of acres (hectares) of deep red mud and caustic water. Hundreds of people were evacuated after the disaster Monday, when a gigantic sludge reservoir burst its banks at metals plant in Ajka, a town 100 miles (160 kilometers) southwest of Budapest, the capital. The torrent inundated homes, swept cars off roads and damaged bridges, disgorging an estimated 1 million cubic meters (35.3 million cubic feet) of toxic waste onto several nearby towns. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)

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A Budapest court ordered the operator of an industrial plant Tuesday to pay compensation over Hungary's worst environmental disaster when a huge flood of toxic sludge killed 10 people in 2010.

The Hungarian Aluminium Production and Trade Company (MAL) has to pay 32 million forints (108,000 euros, $145,000) to a family who lost a child and whose two other children suffered severe burns.

The ruling by the Metropolitan Tribunal in Budapest is the first in 23 compensation cases involving MAL, which was judged responsible in 2011 for the spill. (AFP)

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