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UNEP Balkans Task Force Scientists Answer Call for Assistance in Deadly Cyanide Spill

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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has received a number of requests from governments for technical assistance concerning the cyanide spill in the rivers Tisza and Danube. As an immediate response, the UNEP Executive Director, Klaus Toepfer, has instructed Balkans Task Force scientists who are currently working in the area to take water samples from the river Danube and to keep him updated on the situation in the region.
UNEP is working closely with the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and has also been in contact with the Chemical Accidents Group of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).