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Hungarian experts call on to take into account serious risks in construction of hydropower stations in Central Asia

Author: Central Asian News Service , Published on: 10 July 2012

A round table on "Cross-border environmental problems in Central Asia" organized by the Hungarian VITUKI Environmental and Water Management Research Institute...was held in Budapest...[P]articipants were informed about...the complex ecological situation in Surkhandarya [Uzbekistan] associated with the spread of harmful substances emitted by TALCO...[M]ember of the European Council Jozef Ekes, referring to the construction of high dams, stressed that the serious risks in terms of environmental and technological disasters should be recognized. As an example he cited the destruction of a dam and a break, resulting in the leak of red mud, in Hungary in 2010. "It caused serious damage to the population, environment and economy, which is felt to this day. In addition, Hungary, as well as Uzbekistan, is a country of downstream and is at risk of the flood,”...[T]he need for a coordinated approach with all parties in addressing the construction of large hydropower plants on rivers in the Central Asian region in order to prevent environmental disasters was highlighted...

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