Moldovan Barge Filled With Nitrates Sinks in Danube

An environment emergency has appeared on Sunday morning, as a barge under Moldovan flag sank in the Danube river, very close to the Romanian town of Hârşova. At around 04.00 AM, local time, the barge broke off from the ship that was pulling it, smashed against the rocks on the river bank and sank. According to sources, the barge was loaded with about 1000 tons of nitrates, the equivalent of 50 lorries. Local enforcers and environment response teams are on the scene, evaluating the possible consequences. Fishing has been banned in the area.

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