Slovakia to seek compensation for Tisa disaster
Slovak Environment Minister László Mikloš announced on April 4 that Slovakia would seek compensation from Romania for damages caused by the spill of cyanide-contaminated waste water last February. The spill poured into the Tisa river, which forms the border between Slovakia and Hungary for six kilometres in south-eastern Slovakia, before moving on to the Danube in Hungary and Serbia.
Deemed the biggest environmental disaster in eastern Europe since the Chernobyl nuclear power plant meltdown in 1986, the spill killed 1,240 tonnes of fish in Hungary alone. Mikloš said the river clean-up on the Slovak stretch of the Tisa would cost over 1.6 million Slovak crowns ($37,200). However, costs are expected to run higher because two additional spills into the river have since occurred involving heavy metal contamination.
Bratislava - Zvolen
Ice Hockey finals pit Slovan and Zvolen
Zvolen came back from a two games to one deficit to win its best-of-five series against Poprad in the Slovak Ice Hockey Extraliga semi-finals to secure its place in this year's finals. Zvolen will face off against regular season champions Slovan Bratislava, which beat Dukla Trencin in its semi-final match-up, in the championship series.
The final series began April 6 and 7 at Bratislava's Zimný Štadión. Games 3 and 4 are slated for Zvolen on April 10 and 11. If necessary, the decisive game 5 will also be played in Bratislava at Zimný Štadión.
Compiled by Chris Togneri
10. Apr 2000 at 0:00