KOLONTAR, Hungary — The concentration
of toxic heavy metals where Hungary's massive red sludge spill entered
the Danube has dropped to the level allowed in drinking water, authorities said Friday.
test results released by the National Catastrophe Management
Directorate further allay concerns that the river would be
Also Friday, the disaster's confirmed
death toll rose from four to seven. An 81-year-old man died from
injuries sustained in the torrent and two bodies were found on the
outskirts of the village of Devecser.
The red sludge devastated
creeks and rivers near the spill site and entered the Danube on
Thursday, moving downstream toward Hungary's immediate neighbors,
Croatia, Serbia and Romania.