Romania

Romania is seriously affected by blizzard and heavy snowfalls

The cold and the snowfalls in Europe have affected Romania too. Several places in various Romanian counties are isolated and short of electric power because of the blizzard and the recent heavy snowfalls.

After going on Saturday to the Counties of Buzau and Vrancea (eastern Romania), which were affected by the heavy snowfalls and frost, Prime Minister Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu on Monday had a working meeting with the Ministers of Transports, Administration and the Interior, National Defence, the Environment, Education and Economy as well as with other officials in ministries and the subordinated structures in order to examine the situation caused by the snowfalls and blizzard in the affected counties.

During the meeting in the Victoria Palace the Premier said that, in Tuesday's meeting, the Government would also decide on allocating humanitarian aid to the population affected by the bad weather.

"My main concern is connected to managing and solving the problems brought about by the heavy snowfalls, by blizzard and frost. I am concerned with the condition of the people who are still isolated because of snow. Tomorrow, thorough a Government resolution, we are going to give a legal form to a decision that was made a few days ago. It refers to humanitarian aid to be given to people affected by the heavy snowfalls in the Counties of Braila [eastern Romania], Buzau, Calarasi [southern Romania] and Vrancea, an aid that has already been distributed by servicemen," said Premier Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu.

In his turn Minister of Economy Lucian Bode informed Premier Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu that there was no risk to cut the supply of electric power to the population, said the above-mentioned source. In point of the electric power supply, there are problems in 32 places in 6 counties, 17,000 consumers being affected.

Minister of Administration and the Interior Gabriel Berca informed the Premier that on Monday, at 3:30 pm, 24 counties were affected by snow and blizzard. More than 10,000 staff members of the Ministry of Administration and the Interior (MAI) work on the site with more than 1,900 utility vehicles and technical means.

"MAI forces in the Counties of Bacau [eastern Romania] and Prahova [southern Romania] are still posted to take action in Vrancea and Buzau Counties. Gabriel Berca presented the measures established by MAI for prefects concerning the country committees for emergency situations being convened," also informs the Government.

The Ministry of National Defence continued actions taken on the ground, in the air and on water in support of the population affected by blizzard and the heavy snowfalls. They also continued the action meant to collect food for the affected people, the goods being distributed by ground or air military technical means, depending on the weather conditions.

Minister of Transports and Infrastructure Alexandru Nazare presented the situation of the transport infrastructure. At 5:30 pm 45 national roads and motorways were closed for traffic, there were traffic restrictions on 19 roads and the A1 motorway, 7 railway lines were closed and 330 trains were cancelled and 12 ports were closed.

Minister of the Environment and Forestry Laszlo Borbely informed that there were no problems in point of drinkable water being supplied to the population. Because of the extremely low temperatures there are winter phenomena on watercourses. They took action on all watercourses to ensure water streaming down, especially where there are bridges and footbridges, by clearing the snow and breaking the ice so that ice will not be blocked on watercourses, which should lead to possible floods.

Laszlo Borbely also presented the situation of the course of the Danube, where there still ice bridges that formed previously on the stretch spanning between Bazias and Turnu Severin (both of them in south-western Romania), on the Borcea branch upstream of Fetesti (south-eastern Romania), on the Dunarea Veche branch, on the Macin branch, on the stretch between Galati and Tulcea (both in eastern Romania) and the ice blockage in the Danube Deltas. The level of the Danube water in the area of Grindu, Isaccea, Tulcea and Sulina (all of them in eastern Romania) is decreasing.

Source: Romanian National News Agency AGERPRES

 

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