BUDAPEST, Hungary — Villagers began returning Friday to the town in western Hungary that was inundated by a flood of toxic red sludge, despite warnings from environmentalists that it was too early and too dangerous yet to go back.
Some 800 Kolontar residents were evacuated last Saturday after authorities said a wall of the factory reservoir could collapse further, releasing a second wave of red sludge after a calamitous break Oct. 4 created a deadly torrent.Nine people died in the toxic flood and around 50 are still hospitalized, several in serious condition.
On Friday, about 30 people were driven to Kolontar in buses from a sports arena in the nearby town of Ajka, where they had been staying.
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