Lithuanian Environment Minister Kęstutis Navickas on Tuesday described a recent major sewage spillage into the River Nėris in Vilnius as one of the largest environmental disasters of recent years, adding that the exact damage to the environment will assessed shortly.
Kęstutis Navickas
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In the minister's words, the greatest damage may have been done to the salmon and sea trout populations of the river which flows into the Curonian Lagoon.

"What worries us most is the effect on salmon and sea trout, which could be caught in the city of Vilnius until now," he told the Žinių Radijas station.

Navickas said that a special commission would be set up on Tuesday to assess the causes and consequences of the accident.

The major pipe burst occurred last Friday on an underground car park construction site near the Green Hall 3 business center that is being built in Vilnius. The authorities declare a state of emergency in the capital after the accident caused thousands of cubic meters of waste water to spill into the River Nėris.

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