Serbia bans use of polluted riverFriday, 11 February, 2000
The authorities in Serbia are reported to have placed a ban on the use of water and fishing in the Tisza river near the border with Hungary.
Serbian radio said the ministry of agriculture, forestry and water resources took the decision following the detection of high levels of cyanide in the river.
Measures have also been taken to collect and destroy dead fish.
Hungarian authorities are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding a cyanide spill in the region which has been described as the first major environmental catastrophe of the twenty-first century.