Budapest Sun
Trail of tears

Apr. 6, 2000

More pollution has entered the devastated Tisza. Since late January, pollution has been leaking into the river as one ecological disaster after another strikes the treasured Tisza.

The most recent spill occurred late last Monday (March 27) in the Novác reservoir of Borsabánya and was the result of heavy rain and snow melt that caused a dam to rupture, according to the Bucharest Ministry of Waters, Forestry and Environmental Protection.

At the time of the burst, 40 to 50 liters of wastewater, with a pollution level more than twice the EU standard, flowed through the breakage point per second.

The World Bank and the EU are currently working on programs to prevent such accidents and the consequential ecological effects from happening in the future.

"We are currently preparing two loans for Romania, which will be applicable for this activity," said said Andrew Vorkink, World Bank director in Romania. Vorkink, who highlighted the need to help Romania in regard to health, environment and the livelihood of people living in the polluted areas.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said compensation is still being sought from the companies involved in the spills, but the discussion over Romanian liability would be settled with the result of legal proceedings.

Speaking at a Cabinet meeting last Tuesday (March 28), Orbán said there was, for the time being, no list of potential hazards certified by the Romanian government.

Meanwhile, István Csurka, president of the Hungarian Justice and Life Party, claimed that the Government was withholding essential information regarding danger areas in Romania and that this shows "we have a country sinking into anarchy for a neighbor".

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