Emergency crews are pouring plaster and fertilizers with the hope that it will bind with the sludge and act in a way to balance out it’s alkaline levels. On Thursday morning, reports were that the sludge was 9.3 on the pH scale, higher than the 7 which is neutral, but also less than the 13 pH, which it was originally, the Catastrophic Protection Unit said.
The reservoir from the aluminum plant that burst on Monday has been repaired and the flow from the toxic waste pool has been stopped, but all that has leaked from the reservoir still poses a threat. The factory has noted that it will pay for the victims’ funerals. How nice, and that is supposed to be sarcastic by the way. Residents in the affected areas were also warned not to eat any produce from gardens that were contaminated or covered when the dam burst, and the mud may have come in contact with. The three villages of Kolontar, Devecser and Somlovasarhely are still pretty much empty as officials are not sure when they will be able to return to their homes, and the long term effects of the leak are also unclear. In some villages police are patrolling vigilantly to keep the looters in check and prevent any looting crimes.
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