SARAJEVO (Reuters) –Chemicals from a soda ash factory near a town in northern Bosnia have polluted a river, killing fish and damaging surrounding farmland and authorities on Tuesday declared a disaster.
The spill occurred last week in Lukavac when a dike cracked at the Sisacam Soda Lukavac factory, a subsidiary of Turkey’s chemical maker Soda Sanayi. There were no reports of casualties.
Water experts and Bosnian government officials on Monday inspected the river Spreca and said the factory must clear up the spill and ensure no repeat.
Water samples from Spreca and the mouth of the river Bosna, where the Spreca empties, are “extremely polluted and not for use”, said the Serb Republic’s chief water inspector Miroslav Tanasić.