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Last Updated: Wednesday October 06 2010 19:01 GMT

In pics: Hungary swamped by toxic chemical sludge

An aerial view of streets covered with red mud and cars piled up by the flood in a yard in Devecser, HUngary

A state of emergency has been declared in Hungary, in Europe, after parts of the country were swamped with deadly red sludge, about 100 miles from the capital, Budapest.

Workers cleaning sludge-covered streets in Kolontar, Hungary

The toxic waste burst from a reservoir at a metal factory on Monday, spewing through nearby villages. In one, a place called Devecser, the flow was 2m deep!

A woman walking on the toxic sludge in the flooded village of Kolontar, Hungary

The sludge is a mix of water and metal waste, which causes nasty burns if it touches the skin.

A villager is reflected in a flood of toxic mud, while walking through his backyard in Kolontar, Hungary

So far, four people have died and more than 100 have been hurt. Police are investigating what caused the spill, which officials are describing as Hungary's worst chemical accident.

Workers cleaning sludge-covered streets in Kolontar, Hungary

Now the race is on for emergency workers who are trying to stop the sludge getting into rivers.

A resident rescues a cat from toxic sludge that flooded the village of Devecser in Hungary

This cat was rescued in time, but no-one knows what long term damage the sludge could do to plants and animals in the area.

A man battles toxic sludge in the flooded village of Kolontar, west of Budapest

The Hungarian government says it will take at least a year, and cost millions of pounds, to clean up the damage caused by the spill.