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Toxic sludge spill spreads

<p>The remains of a chair is seen in the mud after red toxic sludge flooded the village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest, October 11, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo </p>

The remains of a chair is seen in the mud after red toxic sludge flooded the village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest, October 11, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

The remains of a chair is seen in the mud after red toxic sludge flooded the village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest, October 11, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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<p>Apples are seen in the mud after red toxic sludge flooded the village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest, October 11, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo </p>

Apples are seen in the mud after red toxic sludge flooded the village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest, October 11, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Apples are seen in the mud after red toxic sludge flooded the village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest, October 11, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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<p>A dead fish is seen in the Marcal river in Koronco, 160 km (99 miles) west of Budapest October 8, 2010.  REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh </p>

A dead fish is seen in the Marcal river in Koronco, 160 km (99 miles) west of Budapest October 8, 2010. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

A dead fish is seen in the Marcal river in Koronco, 160 km (99 miles) west of Budapest October 8, 2010. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

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<p>The damaged reservoir near an alumina plant is seen from the air in Kolontar, 150 km (93.2 miles) west of Budapest, October 9, 2010. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh </p>

The damaged reservoir near an alumina plant is seen from the air in Kolontar, 150 km (93.2 miles) west of Budapest, October 9, 2010. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

The damaged reservoir near an alumina plant is seen from the air in Kolontar, 150 km (93.2 miles) west of Budapest, October 9, 2010. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

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<p>An aerial view shows the Hungarian village of Devecser flooded with toxic sludge,150 km (93.2 miles) west of Budapest, October 9, 2010. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh </p>

An aerial view shows the Hungarian village of Devecser flooded with toxic sludge,150 km (93.2 miles) west of Budapest, October 9, 2010. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

An aerial view shows the Hungarian village of Devecser flooded with toxic sludge,150 km (93.2 miles) west of Budapest, October 9, 2010. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

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<p>The damaged reservoir near an alumina plant is seen from the air in Kolontar, 150 km (93.2 miles) west of Budapest, October 9, 2010. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh </p>

The damaged reservoir near an alumina plant is seen from the air in Kolontar, 150 km (93.2 miles) west of Budapest, October 9, 2010. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

The damaged reservoir near an alumina plant is seen from the air in Kolontar, 150 km (93.2 miles) west of Budapest, October 9, 2010. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

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<p>Residents clean a shop in the flooded village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest October 11, 2010.  REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo </p>

Residents clean a shop in the flooded village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest October 11, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Residents clean a shop in the flooded village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest October 11, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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<p>Residents take a break during clean up works in the flooded village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest October 11, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo</p>

Residents take a break during clean up works in the flooded village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest October 11, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Residents take a break during clean up works in the flooded village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest October 11, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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<p>Heavy machinery work to construct a new dike to contain toxic red sludge leaking out through a crack of an alumina plant reservoir in Kolontar October 10, 2010.  REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo</p>

Heavy machinery work to construct a new dike to contain toxic red sludge leaking out through a crack of an alumina plant reservoir in Kolontar October 10, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Heavy machinery work to construct a new dike to contain toxic red sludge leaking out through a crack of an alumina plant reservoir in Kolontar October 10, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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<p>Rescue workers are reflected in the toxic sludge in the flooded village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest, October 9, 2010.  REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo</p>

Rescue workers are reflected in the toxic sludge in the flooded village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest, October 9, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Rescue workers are reflected in the toxic sludge in the flooded village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest, October 9, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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<p>A police officer wears a protective mask as he stands guard at an alumina plant reservoir which cracked and unleashed a torrent of toxic red sludge in Kolontar, western Hungary, October 10, 2010.  REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo </p>

A police officer wears a protective mask as he stands guard at an alumina plant reservoir which cracked and unleashed a torrent of toxic red sludge in Kolontar, western Hungary, October 10, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

A police officer wears a protective mask as he stands guard at an alumina plant reservoir which cracked and unleashed a torrent of toxic red sludge in Kolontar, western Hungary, October 10, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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<p>A footprint is seen in the mud after red toxic sludge flooded the village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest, October 11, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo </p>

A footprint is seen in the mud after red toxic sludge flooded the village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest, October 11, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

A footprint is seen in the mud after red toxic sludge flooded the village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest, October 11, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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<p>Workers clear up toxic sludge in the flooded village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest, October 8, 2010.  REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo</p>

Workers clear up toxic sludge in the flooded village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest, October 8, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Workers clear up toxic sludge in the flooded village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest, October 8, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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<p>A resident takes a break during clean up works of the flooded village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest October 8, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo</p>

A resident takes a break during clean up works of the flooded village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest October 8, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

A resident takes a break during clean up works of the flooded village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest October 8, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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<p>Workers clear up toxic sludge in the flooded village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest, October 8, 2010.  REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo</p>

Workers clear up toxic sludge in the flooded village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest, October 8, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Workers clear up toxic sludge in the flooded village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest, October 8, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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<p>A rescue worker inspects a house in the flooded village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest, October 9, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo</p>

A rescue worker inspects a house in the flooded village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest, October 9, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

A rescue worker inspects a house in the flooded village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest, October 9, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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<p>Locals clean up their homes in the flooded village of Kolontar, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest October 7, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo  </p>

Locals clean up their homes in the flooded village of Kolontar, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest October 7, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Locals clean up their homes in the flooded village of Kolontar, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest October 7, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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<p>Locals cross a pontoon bridge next to a broken bridge in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 7, 2010.  REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh  </p>

Locals cross a pontoon bridge next to a broken bridge in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 7, 2010. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

Locals cross a pontoon bridge next to a broken bridge in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 7, 2010. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

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<p>A man removes toxic sludge in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 7, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo </p>

A man removes toxic sludge in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 7, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

A man removes toxic sludge in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 7, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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<p>Shovels sit in toxic sludge in the flooded village of Devecser, west of Budapest October 6, 2010.  REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo </p>

Shovels sit in toxic sludge in the flooded village of Devecser, west of Budapest October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Shovels sit in toxic sludge in the flooded village of Devecser, west of Budapest October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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<p>A man eats his lunch in his garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 6, 2010.   REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh </p>

A man eats his lunch in his garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

A man eats his lunch in his garden in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

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<p>A man battles toxic sludge in the flooded village of Devecser, west of Budapest October 6, 2010.   REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo</p>

A man battles toxic sludge in the flooded village of Devecser, west of Budapest October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

A man battles toxic sludge in the flooded village of Devecser, west of Budapest October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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<p>A man walks on a street in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 6, 2010.  REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh </p>

A man walks on a street in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

A man walks on a street in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

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<p>Hungarian soldiers arrive in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 6, 2010.   REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh  </p>

Hungarian soldiers arrive in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

Hungarian soldiers arrive in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

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<p>A man battles toxic sludge in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo  </p>

A man battles toxic sludge in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

A man battles toxic sludge in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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<p>A resident stands in his flooded garden in the village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 4, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo  </p>

A resident stands in his flooded garden in the village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 4, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

A resident stands in his flooded garden in the village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 4, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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<p>A shopkeeper squats on the counter of a flooded petrol station in the village of Devecser, west of Budapest October 4, 2010.    REUTERS/Stringer  </p>

A shopkeeper squats on the counter of a flooded petrol station in the village of Devecser, west of Budapest October 4, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

A shopkeeper squats on the counter of a flooded petrol station in the village of Devecser, west of Budapest October 4, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Firemen evacuate people from a flooded village of Devecser, west of Budapest October 4, 2010.   REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Firemen evacuate people from a flooded village of Devecser, west of Budapest October 4, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

Firemen evacuate people from a flooded village of Devecser, west of Budapest October 4, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A resident uses his phone in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 4, 2010.   REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo  </p>

A resident uses his phone in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 4, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

A resident uses his phone in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 4, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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<p>Residents clear their flooded home in the village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 4, 2010.  REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo  </p>

Residents clear their flooded home in the village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 4, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Residents clear their flooded home in the village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 4, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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<p>A dead kitten lies in mud in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 4, 2010.  REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo </p>

A dead kitten lies in mud in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 4, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

A dead kitten lies in mud in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest October 4, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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<p>A resident stands next to a destroyed bridge in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest, October 5, 2010.  REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo  </p>

A resident stands next to a destroyed bridge in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest, October 5, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

A resident stands next to a destroyed bridge in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest, October 5, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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<p>Locals leave their homes in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest, October 5, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo  </p>

Locals leave their homes in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest, October 5, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Locals leave their homes in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest, October 5, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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<p>Locals clear up toxic sludge in the flooded village of Devecser, west of Budapest, October 5, 2010.  REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo </p>

Locals clear up toxic sludge in the flooded village of Devecser, west of Budapest, October 5, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Locals clear up toxic sludge in the flooded village of Devecser, west of Budapest, October 5, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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<p>A resident rescues a cat from toxic sludge that flooded the village of Devecser, west of Budapest, October 5, 2010.  REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo  </p>

A resident rescues a cat from toxic sludge that flooded the village of Devecser, west of Budapest, October 5, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

A resident rescues a cat from toxic sludge that flooded the village of Devecser, west of Budapest, October 5, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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