Local authorities said that all surrounding plants and animals could suffer greatly or die due to an acid tsunami.
An environmental disaster occurred in Israel near the coast of the Dead Sea.
As reported by the Seventh Channel of Israeli Television, about 100 thousand cubic meters of water containing various acids poured into the dry bed of the Asalim River in the Judean Desert. This was due to the breakthrough of the dam of the storage tank for the phosphate fertilizer plant of Rotem Fertilizers located there. The mirror of the reservoir covers an area of 2-3 ha, the depth is up to 20 meters.
As a result of the breakthrough of toxic waste, the authorities were forced to block the national highway number 90 on the Dead Sea-Ain-Tamar section for several hours. Only by a lucky chance no one was hurt, because the river Asalim flows through several narrow gorges, where hiking trips often take place.
Employees of the Ministry of Environmental Protection conduct inspections on the territory of the plant, first of all - a storage tank, the contents of which poisoned the river Asalim, thus causing significant damage to nature. Liquid toxic waste flowed down the stones of the Judean desert and stopped a few kilometers from the coast of the Dead Sea. Representatives of the Ministry and the police collect evidence, take samples and monitor the state of the environment.
The Ministry announced that it would close all the reservoirs of the company in the area and called on the management of Rotem Fertilizers to participate in public hearings on this issue. The issue of opening a criminal investigation against the owner of the company Rotem Amfert and partner company Israel Chemicals (ICL) is being considered.
The pits in the lower part of the Asalim River are still filled with toxic waste. The company is obliged to urgently pump them out and begin work on cleaning the entire affected part of the dry riverbed. Specialist of the Ministry of Environmental Protection Oded Necer suggested that "all surrounding plants and animals may have been severely damaged or killed because of the acid tsunami." It may take years to completely clean the natural environment.