According to meteorologists, Romania will experience extremely low temperatures in the following two days of up to minus 20 degrees Celsius in Moldova and minus 15 degrees in southern regions.
The blizzard and snow Romania has been facing in recent days will soon be followed by extreme cold. According to Jurnalul National newspaper, a cold weather front will enter our country today and the East-European Anticyclone will extend over Romania. This will translate into extremely low temperatures both during the day and at night, which are expected to last until Sunday morning inclusive.
Meteorologists say the lowest temperatures of this winter are to be reported this morning. The maximum temperature will range between minus 15 and minus 14 degrees Celsius in Moldova and 3 to 4 degrees Celsius in the Western Hills, while the minimum temperature will vary from minus 20 degrees in Moldova to minus 15 degrees Celsius in southern Romania. A hot weather front will enter the western region of Romania, accompanied by the formation of glazed frost.
Meanwhile, the country continues to suffer from the after-effects of the blizzard. A 64-year-old man from Poiana Negri, Suceava County whose body was found next to a neighbor’s fence died from hypothermia. The day before, the lifeless body of a 52-year-old man, who died from hypothermia in Boroaia, Suceava County, was found by his sister, who had been looking for him for several hours. A third case involved a 86-year-old woman from Suceava town, who died early yesterday at the County Hospital after she was admitted late Wednesday for suffering from hypothermia, with a body temperature of 25.8 degrees Celsius.
Another man from Zaplaz village in Grebanu locality, Buzau County who died a week ago cannot be buried because roads to the cemetery are snowed in. Buzau County is currently under crisis due to the blizzard, as around 13,500 households in over one hundred villages are isolated and four national roads and twenty county roads are closed.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI) announced early yesterday that three hundred gendarmes have been mobilized to Buzau County to rescue and evacuate isolated inhabitants and to clear snow off the roads. Rescue crews intervened in Lipia village from Merei locality, Buzau County to transport a 35-year-old pregnant woman to the local maternity ward. Over 40 motor trucks entering the country from the Republic of Moldova were stopped yesterday at Albita Customs Point, as access to multiple inclined road sections between Albita and Husi town is prohibited for cars weighing over 7.5 tons.
Problems have been reported in Constanta as well, a county that has been under Code Red alert. As of Wednesday 5.00 p.m., all roads have been closed, but some of them – DN 39, DN 22C, DN 38, and DN 3 – have been cleared, although traffic in this area remains strained. Two persons – a woman who suffered a stroke and a two-year-old child with bronchopneumonia – were picked up yesterday by a SMURD helicopter from localities in Constanta that had been severely affected by blizzard. Ports in Constanta resumed activities yesterday after having been closed early Wednesday due to the blizzard.
Other counties under similarly harsh conditions are Ialomita, Vrancea, and Prahova. In Prahova, for instance, approximately 16,000 people in seven localities were isolated and over 8,500 families in ten localities had no electricity. Multiple roads, including A3 and DN 1D, remain blocked.
PM Ponta also stated yesterday that the would identify the prefects who “did not meet our expectations” in managing snow clearing operations, in order to establish who needs to be replaced. Deputy Prime Minister Liviu Dragnea said late Wednesday that he would suggest to the PM to relieve two prefects and one under-prefect from their duties for inefficient management of snow clearing operations. He pointed out he was dissatisfied with the prefect of Braila, who “allowed himself to be snowed in,” and excluded the prefect of Constanta from the list of people he was satisfied with.
Raed Arafat, appointed State Secretary with the Interior Ministry
Doctor Raed Arafat was appointed head of the Department for Emergency Situations, thus becoming Secretary of State with the Ministry of the Interior. Arafat on Thursday said the appointment is a challenge that he couldn’t decline. The setting up of the Department for Emergency Situations represents a real integration of the emergency system, he said at his investiture as state secretary with the Ministry of the Interior.