Heavy rain, floods, state of alert in the south and west


The hydrographic basins of the counties of Dolj, Gorj and Mehedinti, under code red and orange alert of floods. Authorities envisage the evacuation of inhabitants, if the situation will require it. No victims were reported so far.

From a meteorological point of view, May continues with gusty wind, low temperatures for this time of the year and abundant showers.
The rivers of the hydrographical basin Drincea, Mehedinti County, were under a code red alert of flood, issued by weather services, until 6.00 PM yesterday.
The National Institute of Hydrology and Water Administration (INHGA) warned that the abundant rain that fell for the last hours will raise river flows above danger points in the hydrographical basin Drincea and will form torrents on hill and mountain slopes, which could result in local floods in the Mehedinti County.
A code red flood warning was in effect until yesterday at 6.00 PM for the rivers of the hydrographical basin Drincea. Another red code flood warning was issued Sunday for the Motru River, in Mehedinti County, also until yesterday at 6.00 PM. The code red warning was instated on the Motru sector upstream of Fata Motrului and the tributaries Motru Sec, Motrusor and Brebina, the spokeswoman of the National Administration ‘Apele Romane’ (ANAR), Ana Maria Agiu told Mediafax.

The ANAR official added that the code red warning means that in the zone targeted by the warning there is a major risk of flood, because rivers can soar beyond danger levels.
Also according to the warning issued Saturday by INHGA, until today at 2.00 PM, for some rivers of the hydrographical basins Bega, Timis, Barzava, Moravita, Caras, Nera, Cerna, Drincea, Desnatui, Jiu, tributaries of the middle and lower Olt, and for some tributaries of lower Mures, levels and flows could soar above warning and flood levels, and torrents could form on the steep slopes, with local floods as possible effects. Because of the flood risk, a code orange warning was issued and came into effect Saturday at 11.00 PM, for slopes, rivers and creeks in the counties of Timis, Caras-Severin, Mehedinti and Gorj. According to INHGA, these phenomena can also occur on the inferior tributaries of these rivers and on uncadastered water courses. Important increases that might result in reaching the attention levels could also occur on other small rivers from the south, center and east of the country, hydrologists added. Plus, the counties of Mehedinti, Gorj, Caras-Severin, Dolj, Valcea, Arges, Dambovita, Prahova, Buzau, Sibiu, Hunedoara, Timis, Alba and, partially, Arad, Bihor, Cluj, Salaj, Maramures, Bistrita-Nasaud, Suceava, Brasov and Vrancea are under yellow code rain and storm warning until today, at 9.00 AM.
Minister Oprea to county Prefects: Stay alert!
Five communes in southern and south-western Romania have suffered the impact of heavy rainfalls, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs Gabriel Oprea announced on Sunday in a videoconference with the county prefects.
On Sunday, Oprea urged prefects to stay in alert and, together with mayors, to make sure that the population is informed about the flood danger, and not to presume that people learn what is going on from TV. He stressed that the priority in the action of state institutions must be saving human lives, even if this implies decisions of evacuating the inhabitants of the regions where life-threatening risk exists. No victim has been reported so far.
Floods hit more than 70 households in Mehedinti County (southwestern Romania) on Sunday, after rivers spilled over and torrents ran down slopes due to torrential rain, County Taskforce spokesperson Nicolae Lohon told Agerpres. Tenths of people were evacuated from several villages. Road traffic is restricted on National Road 67 between the cities of Drobeta Turnu Severin (Mehedinti County) and Targu Jiu (Gorj County) as a passage is immersed in Halinga.
Railway traffic is also interrupted between Drobeta Turnu Severin and Craiova (Olt County, south), by reason of torrents formed on the slopes flooding a section of main-line railway 900. Also in Mehedinti County, more than 30 tourists camping in tents in the Lilac Forest of Ponoare Village, where a picnic celebration was planned, have asked for authorities’ help to leave the area, which was seriously hit by rainfalls and torrents.
In his turn, the head of National Weather Administration, Ion Sandu told a videoconference with prefects that rain is expected to continue in the counties of Caras-Severin, Mehedinti, Gorj, Valcea, Arges, Dambovita and Prahova, even though the intensity of precipitations will diminish, and there already are important quantities of water that have accumulated in these regions. There is also the risk of landslides in these counties, Sandu warned.
President Traian Basescu said Sunday, referring to the situation of counties affected by floods, that the government granted an exaggerated attention to the campaign and that “the shouts of General Oprea” at the MAI headquarter do not help the people in difficulty. He added that “immediate action is needed and solutions to secure food, water and the necessary things to those who cannot live in their homes anymore.”

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