My husband and I are traveling by car from Germany to Budapest with our 7 month old son. Is it safe for us to travel there at this time considering the underlying issues concerning this massive toxic sludge flooding and the potential for further disaster? I have heard that the dried sludge could be causing respiratory issues and that the sludge has entered the Danube. Will we be safe in Budapest from any harmful effects? We have already decided not to eat any fresh, local fish. But is there anything else that we might need to worry about, especially with the baby?
I live in Budapest and I haven't experienced a single problem. To my knowledge, I haven't heard about it entering the Danube (it was a threat, but after heavy rains; it stopped moving, the biggest threat is said to be airborne when it turns to dust, but it is in a village quite far from the city). I have been drinking my tap water, eating out, and carrying about with business. I don't know anyone, Hungarian or foreigner, who is terribly afraid; seems to just be tourists, really. almost 8 years ago
The town where the spill occurred is 160 kms (100 miles) from Budapest. It's a disaster for the Marcal River, a tributary of the Danube, but there's only localised fish deaths near where the 2 rivers meet and measures are in place to attempt to stop is spreading further.
If you're driving into Budapest on the M1 (via Wien), the closest you'll get to the spill site is 80 kms (50 miles) at Gyor. Doesn't seem that you'll ever be close enough to be affected. almost 8 years ago