Hungary Compensates Victims of Sludge Disaster

22 May 2015 by OOSKAnews Correspondent

The Hungarian government has so far decided to provide compensation to seven victims of the 2010 toxic red sludge disaster.Seventeen people have applied for compensation for non-material damages due to the incident, which marks Hungary’s worst environmental disaster, the daily Magyar Nemzet reported on May 20th. The Hungarian government announced back in February that it would award $1.5 million USD in compensation to 70-80 families who experienced psychological trauma or suffered injuries after a tailings dam burst at the Ajkai Timfoldgyar Zrt aluminum plant in northwestern Hungary.Almost 100,000 cubic meters of toxic sludge, containing several types of heavy metals, was released from the tailings reservoir and flowed through surrounding villages, killing 10 people...

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